U.S. Marines in Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVPs) head for the beaches at Iwo Jima during the initial landings. In the background is Mount Suribachi, the extinct volcano captured by the Marines after a frontal assault. February 19 1945.
The Japanese built underground tunnel and bunker systems in and on Mount Suribachi. The United States Marines invaded the island and initiated a major battle. For the US, Iwo Jima was an important strategic point between the United States and mainland Japan, a status that resulted in severe fighting that took the lives of nearly 7,000 Americans and 20,000 Japanese.
So I decided that maybe trying to make something more sellable would be a good idea to make a profit off of my artwork, and I thought, “why not make bookmarks?” so here they are, the first three of their kind, watercolors on heavy weight watercolor paper, each one is 5 cm wide and 16.6 cm tall (including the backside, the front is 8.3 cm tall)
they price is gonna range from 5 to 12 USD, so stay tuned (aka follow me) if you’re interested in getting one (or more!) :P
i’m planning on pursuing a degree in linguistics somewhere in the pnw. (university of washington??). i’d really like to work for a tech company someday, especially one that deals with speech synthesis and non-verbal/auditory communication !
this blog’s purpose
. inspire and educate others.
. serve as a progress journal and a place to store some of my tips, notes, vocab, etc.
HMS Bulwark is one of the United Kingdom’s two Albion-class amphibious transport docks designed to put Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea. Bulwark supports a permanently embarked Royal Marines landing craft unit, 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines
Marine wildlife in Scotland is being put at risk by boats straying too close, a wildlife group has claimed.
The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland said those responsible could be breaking international law.
Several incidents have been reported to them across the summer in Shetland and at locations down the east coast.
The group said taking boats too close could endanger the animals and the people watching them.
In Shetland, a photographer was allegedly seen circling a pod of killer whales so closely that it split the pod.
Boats have been reported very near to humpback whales at St Cyrus, and there has been concern about the impacts on dolphin populations at Chanonry Point in the Moray Firth and around Aberdeen harbour.
Police Scotland wildlife crime co-ordinator Sgt Andrew Mavin said: “These animals are extremely powerful and people shouldn’t get too close for obvious reasons; there is also a possibility of injury to the animals themselves from boats and other marine craft.
"There are clear guidelines available for watching marine wildlife, so ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
"I encourage anyone witnessing a suspected crime to contact police Scotland on 101 as soon as possible.
"Details of the boat or craft are essential to help us identify the operator.”
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected under law from disturbance, whether reckless or accidental.
Anyone found guilty of an offence would be fined up to £5,000.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) marine ecology advisor Fiona Manson said: “I’d encourage anyone visiting the coast for wildlife watching to read the Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code.
"It provides clear advice on how to act responsibly to keep within the law - and also on how to get the most out of your wildlife watching.”
Few outside of the Coast Guard would recognize the name Douglas Munro but those that do recognize the name of a hero.
73 years ago today during the Battle of Guadalcanal Signalman First Class Munro took charge of ten landing craft in order to ferry three companies of U.S. Marines under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. Puller from a staging point at Lunga Point Base to the western coast of Guadalcanal. The initial landing was successful and with the Marines ashore, Munro and his boats withdrew to their original staging area.
The Marines advanced 500 yards inland before being overcome by Japanese forces. The lack of radios made it hard for the Marines to communicate their plight and resorted to spelling out the word HELP using white t-shirts on a low ridge near the beach. Munro volunteered to navigate his landing craft back to the beach and extract the marines, risking enemy fire as they did so.
As the evacuation progressed, Munro recognized the dire situation that was developing. The Japanese were firing from points only 500 yards away from where the Marines were retreating. Munro immediately directed his own landing craft in between the Marines and Japanese forces, providing much needed covering fire.
With the marines embarked, Munro’s landing craft began pulling back out to sea except one that had come too far ashore and beached itself. With Japanese forces now closing in, Munro ordered a landing tank to pull the immobilized craft free while he continued to provide cover. 20 minutes later the stricken landing craft was free and headed out to sea under a barrage of Japanese machine gun fire.
It was during this time that Munro was struck by a single bullet. He died before reaching the staging area but according to reports, the Signalman remained conscious long enough to utter his last words; “Did they get off?”
For his actions Munro was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is the only member of the Coast Guard to be given the award.