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Wounded Marine

Wounded Marine | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Corporal William (Bill) Fenton lays badly wounded, waiting for medical treatment. There is a note on his shirt that reads "urgent." Fenton survived the injury.
DESCRIPTION
Corporal William (Bill) Fenton lays badly wounded, waiting for medical treatment. There is a note on his shirt that reads "urgent." Fenton survived the injury.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:25954
Creation Date:February 1945
Creator Name:Chapelle, Dickey
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Collection Name:Dickey Chapelle papers, 1933-1967
Genre:Photograph
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Quoting from Dickey Chapelle's caption in her 1961 autobiography, "What's a Woman Doing Here?: Iwo Jima". Corporal Bill Fenton from Pennsylvania, one of the 551 critically wounded Marines brought aboard the U.S.S. Samaritan who wanted to live. He did. (I visited him and his family ten months later on Christmas Day at St. Albans Hospital.) Under the overdramatic title of "The Dying Marine," this became the most widely reproduced photograph I ever made." St. Albans (in southeast Queens, NY) is now a Veterans Administration Hospital. William C Fenton, was a Pfc. (Private first class), USMCR when he was wounded at Iwo Jima. His daughter Bonnie Fenton confirms he was born February 2, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Earl W. and Anna Fenton. He last lived in Lansing, NY (near Ithaca) and died 21 May, 1993. This image is one of many taken of or by Dickey Chapelle, and part of the Dickey Chapelle collection held by the Society. Chapelle was one of the first women foreign correspondents to cover World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and military struggles worldwide, particularly against communism. Her work appeared in "Reader's Digest," "National Geographic," "Look," "Saturday Evening Post." Chapelle was killed in Vietnam in 1965. Her collection includes photographs; biographical material and personal papers, primarily news clippings and a few legal documents; taped interviews; and personal correspondence. See also Image ID: 85443
SUBJECTS
Wounds and injuries
Military hospitals
Military uniforms
Sailors
War casualties
World War, 1939-1945
Men

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