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Name: Thorpe, Clell


Historical Note:

Clell Thorpe served as a Marine Corps photographer documenting the activities of Marines in the South Pacific during World War II. During the period [1944?] - 1945, he traveled to several islands that had been taken from Japanese in earlier battles, such as Tarawa (captured in November 1943) and Kwajalein (captured on February 1944).

In 1943, Thorpe trained as a Marine Corps photographer at the Naval School of Photography in Pensacola, FL (the Marine Corps is administratively part of the U.S. Navy).

One of Thorpe's assignments involved photographing the Marine Bombing Squadron (VMB-613). The squadron trained in Boca Chica, Florida and Newport, Arkansas during 1944, then went to the home base for the VMB 613 as the squadron participated in operations in the Marshall Island throughout the war.

Thorpe took many photographs on a Pacific atoll in the Marshall Islands, which was not identified due to wartime censorship.

Thorpe also photographed on Tarawa Island in 1945.

Thorpe is known to have lived in Houston, Texas during 1947, and probably other years.

Note Author: Monika Zarzycka and Julie Grob




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