Real War Photos
RWP, in business for 50 years, is a vet-owned & operated, small business supplying quality photos from all branches of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard and National Guard,in all wars and many conflicts from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Prints come in various sizes and finishes with options of matting and framing. To view and order photos, click here... GALLERIES
Our inventory consists of 50,000+ negatives and photos from the National Archives, Library of Congress, the Pentagon and private collections, making these rare and sometimes never before seen, battle action photos available to the general public. One way for us to say "thank you" to our U.S. Military servicemen, veterans and their families for our freedom from their service and many sacrifices, is to provide quality photos at affordable prices.
Our Sincere Thanks & Best Regards,
RWP # N22688B On 14 August 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. August 15th has been known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day,” since then, Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) would officially be celebrated on the day formal surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay: 02 September 1945. Photo is of V-J Day church services, 15 August 1945.
RWP# A800 - U.S. WAR MACHINES ROLL THROUGH PARIS TO FRONT. An American armored vehicle of the 4th Infantry Div, rumbles past the Stars and Stripes as U.S. forces roll through the streets of Paris to the front after the liberation of the French capital, August 25, 1944.
RWP # N25778B - USS Chloris (ARVE-4) and USS Megara (ARVA-6) - ships in full dress for Independence Day at Norfolk, VA, 04 July 1951.
RWP # A101 American trroops debarking rom LST's under fire from German artillery during invasion Utah Beach at Les Dunes De Madeleine, France, 06 June 1944. (NARA photo)
RWP# K30162 Washington, D.C. - Bodies of the Unknown of World War II (foreground) and the Korean War are taken from the destroyer USS Blandly (DD-943) at the Navy Gun Factory enroute to the Capitol, where they will lie in state until Memorial Day.In June 1958, the bodies were then taken to Arlington National Cemetery for burial beside the Unknown Soldiers of World War I, 28 May 1958.
RWP# AF1295 WWII 9th Air Force, 456th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group; Bombs from four Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft explode on Schipol Airdrome at Amsterdam, Holland, 13 Nov 1943.
RWP# N9284 - USS Gato (SS-212) Launching on 21 August 1941.
RWP# B23891A - Fighting members of Marine Air Squadrons after being presented medal awards for heroic deeds in the Battle of Midway. This group took part in damaging attacks on enemy carriers and battleship. Front row (L-R); Capt. Richard L. Blain, USMCR, Capt. Leon M. Williamson, USMCR, 2nd Lt. Daniel L. Cummings,USMCR, 2nd Lt. Allen H. Ringblom,USMCR, 2nd Lt. Harold C. Schlendering, USMCR, 2nd Lt. Sumner H. Whitten, USMCR, Sgt Frank E. Zolnis, PFC Gordon R. McFeely. 2nd row: (L-R); Capt. William C. Humberd, USMCR, 2nd Lt. Jack Cosley, USMCR, 2nd Lt. George E. Koutelas, USMCR, 2nd Lt. George T. Lumpkin, Tech Sgt Clyde Heath Stamps, USMCR, Cpl John H. Moore, PFC Charles E. Cayer, USMC. Dept of Navy description and photo identification.
RWP# V2260 A radio man comforts his friend who broke down after surviving a battle in which nearly all of his platoon was wiped out during operation "Byrd" all men are assigned to Co "A:, 2nd Bn, 7th Regt, 1st Cav Div, due to the tense feelings of these men, names could not be obtained, 26 August 1966.
RWP# CG22236 - The "Eagle" a U.S. sailing ship Groch ock-classss barque, 3/4 bow view under full sail. The Eagle like other schooner ships were widely used by the United States in warfare and were reportedly one of the first of the coast guard ships; (Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. )
RWP# AF15115B The Enola Gay (B-29-45-MO, serial # 44-86292, victor number 82) was assigned to the USAAF's 393d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, 509th Composite Group. The bomber was one of 15 B-29s with the "Silverplate" modifications necessary to deliver atomic weapons, which included an extensively modified bomb bay and the deletion of protective armor and gun turrets. The aircraft was built by the Glenn L. Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin) at its Bellevue, Nebraska, plant, at what is now known as Offutt Air Force Base. Enola Gay was personally selected by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., commander of the 509th Composite Group, on 9 May 1945, while still on the assembly line. (NARA photo)
Eighty men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. The Air Force hosted the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony Nov. 9, 2013 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. To read more about these heros and their extraordinary bravery, along with their final toast, go to the Naval History & Heritage Command website.
RWP# D23203 Orders in hand, Capt Marc A. Mitscher, USN, skipper of the USS Hornet (CV-8) chats with Maj Gen James Doolittle, USA. Some of the 80 Army fliers who took part in the historic Japanese raid are pictured with the two officers, 12 APRIL 1943. (NARA photo)
Photo on left - RWP# M225 - Flag raising on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration; photographer Joe Rosenthall. (Photo courtesy of the N.A.R.A. and U.S. Marines.)
Photo on right - RWP# M211 -The rugged cliff above made this mighty Jap emplacement at the foot of Mount Suribachi almost impregnable. Picture of the wrecked gun was taken on the fifth day of the Iwo Jima struggle. 24 February 1945. (Photo courtesy of the N.A.R.A. and U.S. Marines.)
What have we learned - stop and think before you spread intolerence, propaganda, ignorance, and hate; before you dehumanize other human beings. Think clearly for yourself, before you willingly, blindly follow a charismatic individual or leader bent on extremism, often cloaked in the name of God.
RWP - photo # A377A These are some of the bodies of prisoners starved and burned to death at Camp #4, Landsberg, Germany, one of the largest Concentration Camps in Germany. The inmates, all Jewish political prisoners, were employed in building and working in a tremendous system of underground airplanes and munitions factories, 101st AB, VI Corp, 30 April 1945. (NARA photo)
RWP - photo# B23419 ROCKETS BURSTING IN AIR - Pacific Fleet landing craft launches attack against the beaches of Peleliu Island in the Palau group on D-Day, Sept 15, 1944, preceding landings by troops of the 1st Marine Div. (NARA photo)
Civil War - Antietam
RWP# CW22891B -Civil War - President Lincoln visiting the battelfield at Antietam, MD., 03 October 1862. General McClelland and 15 members of his staff are in the group. Photographed by Alexander Gardner and released to the National Archives Records Administration (NARA photo)
WWII - The Japanese Surrender!
RWP# D23278 The historic Japanese surrender aboard the Uss Missouri (BB-63), Tokyo Bay; Japan Foreign Minister Namoru shigemitsu signs surrender terms as high ranking allied officers look on. General MacArthur, Supreme Commander broadcasts the ceremonies, September 02, 1945. (Photo courtesy of the NARA.)
Note: Veterans and families - to view and order photos of your time in service, click here for our galleries website.
Above photo taken while Bruce Gordon was piloting F-102's in Alaska. Bruce was flying the lead and had his wingman fly up by Mt. McKinley in Alaska, 1963. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Gordon, personal collection, USAF, Alaska, Korea and Vietnam.) To view more Bruce Gordon photos, click on VETERAN AUTHORS tab at the top of this page.
Real War Photos....
Real War Photos Inc. continues to recognize and honor our soldiers; the many American men and women who have sacrificed so much over the years for the freedom we enjoy today, by providing affordable, quality photo memories of their time in service.
RWP has been reproducing quality war photographs for over 50 years. Founded in 1962 by George Chizmar, Sr, in Hammond, IN and relocated to Ann Arbor, MI after his death in 2001.
We are currently digitizing our entire photo collection which is a long process, but worth the wait so customers can view the pictures online prior to purchase. Our latest updates in technology plus state-of-the-art scanners and printers, allow us to produce photos at the highest resolution, that are sharp, clear and long-lasting. At RWP, we use top-grade, professional photo paper and quality ink available to give you photos that can be handed down in pristine condition to future generations.
Our core website www.realwarphotos.com also provides veteran help in the form of veteran-related information, Navy reunions, veteran author book sales and more. View photos on our Galleries website at: http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com
IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ON OUR GALLERIES WEBSITE...
Please email us with your request as only a small portion of our photos have been scanned-in and uploaded to the Galleries website to date. Thank you. email@example.com
HOW TO ORDER PHOTOS & CATALOGS:
- PHOTOS- Click here to go to the new Real War Photos Galleries to view, purchase prints or download photos.
Prints or downloadable photos can be purchased in various sizes and prices plus a small postage and/or processing.
Note: If you prefer to order photos by phone call 734-327-9696.Pay by personal check or money order via U.S. Mail; credit card payments are accepted thru PayPal.
- ONLINE CATALOGS- Fill in request at Contact Us.
PDF catalogs (small size) sent online via email are FREE!
Smaller (1 and 2 pg) catalogs are available in this newer style and include 'thumbnail' sized photos plus descriptions, dates and order form sent to you as a PDF.
(Larger catalog requests can only be sent in print- see below.)
Note: Printed catalogs may require a small printing & postage fee.
- PRINTED CATALOGS- Go to the page of interest (ie WWII Battles) found at the top of this page and click on the order button under the catalog listing or simply call us at 734-327-9696 and request a catalog or send your request via email.
ARMY - NAVY - AIR FORCE - MARINES - COAST GUARD
Historical war photos...
pictures of all major battles; all branches of service.
HONOR & REMEMBER THE VETERANS IN YOUR LIFE...
Consider the gift of a photo of his or her time in the service of our country. A photo of their ship or camp is often received with thankfulness and a tear for a memorable and defining time in their lives.
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Real War Photos Galleries or copy & paste this link http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com into your browser.
We have photos available for purchase covering the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War plus current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both our main website and galleries website are used by veterans, their families, students, professors, novelists, genealogists and collectors forresearch and gifts.
Many of our rare battle action photos were previously inaccessible to the general public, but are now declassified and available through Real War Photos.
Please stop back often as we are continually scanning in our inventory of over 50,000 battle action photos and as we research and locate more historic moments in our great American History.
Note: We just returned from the National Archives with thousands of New Photos from Korea, Vietnam and the Civil War. Make sure you check out the "New Arrivals" on our Galleries website over the next several weeks and months as we add these photos to our online collection.
If you'd like to view or purchase photos from our ever-expanding photo collection, then go to our new....
Real War Photos is a valuable link to history, covering past wars and all service branches:
Indians & the Old West (late 1700's to mid 1800's)
Civil War (1861 1865)
WWI (1914 - 1920)
WWII (1939 - 1946)
Korean War (1950 - 1955)
Vietnam War (1961 - 1975)
Persian Gulf War (1990 - 1995)
Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (2001 - present day)
RWP's core site offers historical notes, Navy reunion updates, vet resources, vet news (click on tabs above). Our new Galleries website offers photos for viewing, print purchases and downloads.
Give your vet a photo-memory-gift from one of the most eventful and memorable times in his or her life!
Add to your family photo wall or genealogy project.
Check out our photos at http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com
Board the decksof the mightiest warhips in the history of the world, with rare shipboard and battle damage photos.
Consider this our sampler catalog, with some of our most popular photos, including; Battleships (BB), Large Cruisers (CB) Heavy Cruisers (CA), Light Cruisers (CL), Destroyers (DD & DE), Submarines (SS), Mine & Patrol Vessels, Carriers (CV, CVB, CVL. CVE), Fleet Auxilliaries, Naval & Army aircraft. The Army and Marines at the Battle of St. Lo, France, Battle of the Bulge-Bastone, Saipan plus famous dignitaries of WWII.
FRONT LINE BATTLE ACTION Catalog- 46 pages (thumbnails and lists); Click on WARS & BATTLES tab at top of page, then WWII-Famous Battles for ordering information on this catalog (just $2.00 plus postage), or simply give us a call:
(Due to large size of catalog, available in Print format only.)
Above photo, RWP # N3031C - USS New Jersey (BB-62) South China Sea, fires a salvo toward a target in the republic of Vietnam. March 1969. (Photo courtesy of NARA.)
TESTIMONIAL: (see more on tab at top of page)
"Thanks for the photo-just what I wanted. Gave it to an old vet and he cried when he got it. It was his home at sea for three years and he didn't have a photo." Robert K., Daytona Beach,FL (See "Vet's Voices" tab for more testimontials.)
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George D. Chizmar
Owner & Chairman of the Board: George D. Chizmar firstname.lastname@example.org
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Editor/Historical Research: William Cohen (R.I.P. 4/17/2014)
Editor/Historical Research-Pearl Harbor: Tom Sileo firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Advisor: James M. Jordan www.nhcfinancial.com
American Legion Contact/Contributor: Clayton Bergman
Veterans Ambassador: Frank E. Albrecht
WWII Consultant: Wally Loder (R.I.P. 9/11/2014)
Vietnam Consultant: Terry E. Tison email@example.com
The National Archives, Dept of the Navy, Army Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, Dept of Defense, Pentagon, Veterans and their families and private collectors as noted.
The National Archives&amp;amp; Records Administration, Library of Congress, Pentagon, Wikipedia, - Columbia Encyclopedia. Sixth Edition - Famous Quotes from Great Quotes.com - The American Heritage Dictionary - Roget’ New Thesaurs - Bartlett's Quotations - Foreign Language Dictionary - - (many others as noted on specific tabs throughout the site).
Thank you for your service.
Note: Approximately 90% of the photos on our website were acquired from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington DC; declassified and now ‘Public Domain’. In most instances, the photos were taken by a Signal Corps photographer, in which case the photos are property of the U.S. Government and now public domain, or the photos were taken by an individual associated with a branch of the military during a particular war or conflict, who has granted permission for images to be available to the public via the NARA.
All private collections come with a letter of permission to use the photos on the website, as references in publications, for educational or genealogical purposes and for general public sale and distribution.
We want to thank the employees of the NARA and Library of Congress or their assistance over these many years in acquiring photos and document requests for veterans and their families.
We've been busy digitizing our entire collection of over 50,000 battle action photos of American soldiers at war in order to provide customers with photographs of superior quality, and to extend preservation. New printing technologies create photographs that will far outlast conventional darkroom printing techniques (as our photos will not spot or fade from chemical processing), keeping your pictures looking crisp and clear for decades to come.
Go through the tabs at the top of the page and then......
Click here to go to the new Real War Photos Galleries to view, purchase and download photos.
RWP has been in business for over 50 years, established in Hammond, IN and now located in Somerset Center, MI
9/02 V-J Day
9/05 LABOR DAY*
9/11 PATRIOT DAY and NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE & REMEMBRENCE*
9/11 GRANDPARENTS DAY
9/16 POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY*
9/17 CONSTITUTION & CITIZENSHIP DAY*
9/22 AUTUMN BEGINS
9/25 GOLD STAR MOTHER'S DAY
9/29 VFW DAY
*Official flag-flying day
Check out websites for "Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses"
Giving much needed help to our Wounded Warriors. To read more details, go to our "Veterans Voices" page by clicking on the Vet Voices Tab at top of this page.
Looking to view our photo collections? ...click here on GALLERIES where a small portion of our 50,000 negatives have been uploaded to date.
If you don't see what you are looking for, please email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, RWP staff
Historic Dates in September:
9/02/1945 V-J Day: Japan Signed Formal Surrender
9/10/1962 U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Inc.
9/14/1814 Star-Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key
9/18/1947 U.S. Air Force established
9/29/1899 VFW established
Hungry for more history? ... check out the following website under the tab THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
HONOR & REMEMBER THE VETERANS IN YOUR LIFE.
Consider the gift of a photo of his or her time in the service of our country and provide a listening ear if the veteran wishes to talk about their time in service. A photo memory is always appreciated and often received with thankfulness, and a tear for a profound and defining time in a soldier's life.
To view our photo collection online ...just click on the link below:
Many Veterans from WWII through Vietnam were exposed to high amounts of asbestos and are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma victims and their families are advised to contact a mesothelioma lawyer. Legal options such as filing a mesothelioma lawsuit are available, and can help pay for medical bills and pain and suffering.
Donate now 60 cents per day or $18.00 per month to provide the care, therapy and support our wounded heros need.
Your Veteran related add can appear here.....email:
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Support the USO.
Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 96860
SOLDIER'S WISH program....
click on The American Legion website above to read how you can make a difference.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
No One Does More for Veterans.
VFW National Hdqtrs 406 W. 34th St.
Kansas City, MO 64111
SOS ....Going out to SAVE OUR SHIP!
SS UNITED STATES
RWP# MM24500A Aerial broad on stern starboard, returned to port of Philadelphia; built 6/27/52. Photo coutesty of NARA.
To read more about it or donate, Go to the SS United States website:
2016 Update: Luxury line operator Crystal Cruises signed an option agreement with the conservancy that backers said on Thursday could see the ship reborn as soon as 2018, putting an end to the liner's enforced, two-decade docking in South Philadelphia.
Check out our galleries website for new products including matting and framing for photos and the popular note cards and note pads personalized with ship or other military photo. Click here...GALLERIES
ATTENTION VETERAN AUTHORS!
RWP will give you a free spot on our new "Veteran Authors" tab to publicize and sell your book.
Just email your book details including title; author's name; brief description and purchase info.
RWP will give you a free spot on our "Veteran Authors" tab to publicize and sell your book.
(See tab line, top of page, click on Veteran Authors.)
Editor's Note to All Americans:
IT IS A TRAVESTY THAT OUR TRUE HEROS RETURN HOME TO A POOR JOB MARKET AND IN MANY CASES, FACE HOMELESSNESS AND CONTINUED MEDICAL NEEDS. RWP SENDS A PORTION OF ALL PHOTO SALES TO HOMELESS U.S. VETERANS AND WE HOPE WHEN IT'S TIME TO DONATE TO A CHARITY, YOU DO THE SAME. DONATE TO A CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE-HELP SAVE A VET TODAY!
THANK YOU, RWP
P.S. If you can't financially help, stop by a nursing home or VA Hospital and find a vet to express your thanks and just listen.....
Remember their sacrifice...
Pray for our Military and Civilians in Combat Zones.
Remember our pledge....
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ,
AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
Look to your local American Legion or VFW for today's events to honor our heros!
At 110yrs old, America's last survivor of WWI - Frank Woodruff Buckles
(Feb 1, 1901 Feb 27, 2011)
Laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary on 3-15-2011 with full military honors.
To learn more aboutFrank W.Buckles and to donate to his memorial or film, please clickon the links below...
A grateful Nation thanks you for your service. Above photo courtesy of NARA.)
Check out the latest in ourVETS VOICES:
NOTE THE LATEST CONTRIBUTION FROM OUR ASSOCIATE FRANK E. ALBRECHT.... VIEW PHOTOS & COMMENTS FROM IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN COURTESY OF U.S. MARINE,CPL. SETH SASSAMAN. (That's Seth in the middle!)
THANK YOU& GOD BLESS OUR GUYS!
Honoring a true American Hero...
Robert L. Howard
Colonel Retired, US Army
1939 - 2009
One of America's most decorated soldiers;
the only one nominated 3 times for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Read more about his feats and life
Atoll Journey -Project Update
Check out author Jeremy Edward Shiok's journey through the South Pacific. High point of trip - joint forensic dig effort by POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Tarawa. You may have heard of the repatriation of 300+ Marines still buried in the sands of battle but coming home. Also at work, Steve C. Barber's documentation which includes a dive to a Sherman tank that overturned during the battle in 30ft of water, entombing it's crew.
Honor Veterans ...
Fly Our Flag!
M225 Marines raising flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 23 Feb 1945. Photo courtesy of NARA.
Remember Our Vets
RWP's Owner/operator, George D. Chizmar just safely returned home after 15mos in Iraq - WELCOME HOME GEORGE!
Black Sheep Squadron
Bougainville-3rd Marine Div
Eniwetok -2nd Marine Div
Guadalcanal-1st MD,1st Brig
Iwo Jima-4th&5th Marine Div
Korea-1st Marine Div
Kwajalien-4th Marine Div
New Britain-4th Marine Div
Peleliu-1st Marine Div
Tarawa-2nd Maine Div
Tinian-4th Marine Div
N-337 WARSHIPS IN LINE
HEADER PHOTO DETAILS:
The photo in Header at Top of Page include the following ships: USS TiconderogaCV-14, USS Langley CVL-27, USS Washington BB-56, USS NorthCarolina BB-55, USS South DakotaBB-57, USSSanta Fe CL-60, USS Biloxi CL-63&the USS Oakland CL-95.Dec 12, 1944. Photo courtesy of NARA.
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Iraq (2003 - 2011)
Afghanistan (2001 - 2014)