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Joseph McCarthy as "Tail Gunner Joe"

Joseph McCarthy as
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Title: Joseph McCarthy as "Tail Gunner Joe"
Description: Marine Captain Joseph R. McCarthy, later a Wisconsin senator, posing as a tail gunner during World War II in Douglas SBD Bomber. McCarthy was an intelligence officer and he flew along as an observer on several bombing missions. McCarthy spent 16 months in the Solomon Islands, serving two tours from September 1943 to March 1944. He returned to the United States in July 1944, assigned to various California military bases. McCarthy resigned from the Marines on December 11, 1944.

Image ID: 8005
1943 ca.
U.S. Marines
McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957
Genre: Photograph
The original negative of a similar view was donated by Glenn Silber who suggests Penn Kimball, a PR officer who sent out McCarthy's WWII releases and photos, as the photographer.
Subjects: Weapons
Airplane, Military
Military uniforms
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Protective clothing

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