Pictured above is the battle weary United States Marine War Photographer/Videographer Bill H. Genaust on the Island of Saipan, June, 1944. Bill Genaust was one of the most influential and famous Marine videographers of the war capturing the carnage on Saipan and Iwo Jima. On Saipan him and his buddy got caught in an ambush and were heavily outnumbered, his friend went back for reinforcements and he stayed and fought. He killed 9 Japanese soldiers before the reinforcements arrived. Then he began to give orders to the reinforcements but a bullet pierced his thigh and he was evacuated from the island. Just a few minutes after he was evacuated his buddy was shot through the heart and killed in action. It was a devastating blow to Genaust and he said something like this; "Something has been taken from me that cannot be returned", in a letter to his buddy's mother in regards to his death. Genaust was nominated for the Navy Cross but turned down because he was not thought of as an infantrymen. This angered Genaust greatly and almost caused him to quit but instead he decided to go to Iwo Jima and basically set the Navy straight. Genaust was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions on Saipan but I think he did deserve more. On February 19th, 1945, Genaust went ashore with a platoon of Marines as the carnage began. Most of the footage you see of the landings on Iwo Jima were taken by Genaust showing the carnage, panic, and intensity of the battle. He survived the landing and soon began to film the aftermath of all the destruction while also going out on patrols with the Marines. On February 23rd he was ordered to go and capture the second flag raising on Iwo Jima which was made famous by Joe Rosenthal's photo. Him and Rosenthal stood side by side and captured the flag raising perfectly as the invasion fleet began to sound their horns and the men on the beaches began to stand and cheer. Not all could stand and cheer however as they were out attacking the enemy and if they stood up they risked being killed by one of many snipers that coated the island. After the flag raising he only filmed two more times. Continued down below ⬇️⬇️!