In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Service.
Underwater photographers are fortunate to get a first hand look at the sweat and sacrifice of those who have served for their country in battle—scattered across the Pacific, WW2 relics make for compelling and haunting images.
There is perhaps no better example of the prowess of the United States marine than the Ghost Fleet of Palau—more than 30 Japanese ships and planes sunk during Operation Desecrate One. Along with the attack on Truk Lagoon (Japan’s Pearl Harbor), Operation Desecrate One marks the biggest attack of the US Navy during WW2.
I had the chance to photograph the Ghost Fleet last summer on an assignment to Palau. It is a reminder not only of the American’s victory in the Pacific front, but also the harsh realities of war—that history is more than just about the winners.
More images of Palau's Ghost Fleet can be seen in the gallery below. Happy Memorial Day!