U.S Airforce pilots with a Japanese soldier's skull somewhere in the South Pacific 1944.
The mutilation of Japanese service personnel included the taking of body parts as “war souvenirs” and “war trophies”. Teeth and skulls were the most commonly taken “trophies”, although other body parts were also collected.
The taking of so-called “trophies” was widespread enough that, by September 1942, the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet ordered that “No part of the enemy’s body may be used as a souvenir”, and any American servicemen violating that principle would face “stern disciplinary action.
The Americans were not unique by doing this as throughout history you can find various groups of people committing the same act.
Perfect harmony. 30 years of photography and nothing prepared me for a moment like this. A humpback whale mom and her calf gently swims right in from of me. In moments like this it’s difficult to decide to either take the photo or just enjoy the moment. Luckily this beautiful couple revisited me a few minutes later. And after mom approved of me swimming next to her precious baby I kept shooting
Travel day in paradise. Boat from the beach to Taveuni, car to Matei airport, twin-otter to Nadi, van to the dock, seaplane to Turtle Island, then a skiff across the channel to Oarsmans Bay. Far superior to cattle-call on a big plane in a real airport! #midlifegapyear
Tomorrow is our last day in the South Pacific. After two months in Samoa, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands it’s time to move to our next destination. It’s been amazing learning about Polynesian culture and history, swimming in turquoise water and exploring white sand beaches. The Islands are every bit as beautiful as the pictures! @cookislands