Real War Photos

"These original photos come alive with the smoke and thunder of battle; unsurpassed as a portrayal of America at war." 

George Chizmar, Sr., WWII U.S. Navy and founder of RWP.

History & Memories Preserved ... For fifty-eight years, Real War Photos has been dedicated to honoring the memories of those who have served, and sacrificed so much for the freedom and liberties we enjoy today.

Above photo: RWP# N3097B - USS Arizona (BB-39) burning and sinking after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 Dec 1941. (NARA)

Louis (Lou) Anthony Conter   13 Sep 1921 – 01 Apr 2024

  Lou Conter, the sole survivor serving aboard the USS Arizona (BB-39), during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died at the age of 102. Conter was serving as quartermaster on Dec. 7, 1941 at 8:09AM when the hull of the USS Arizona was struck by a 1,760 lb. Japanese armor piercing bomb with enemy planes causing damage from overhead. During the large explosions that ensued, Conter remained composed and spent the next 35 minutes attempting to secure the quarterdeck and saving upwards of 20 sailors. Conter was but one of the 335 aboard ship that day to survive out of 1,177 crew. In the five days that followed, Conter joined many rescue operations. 900 sailors still lie entombed in the USS Arizona. We salute Lou Conter for his bravery and pray he now rests in peace. RWP   

(Above photo left courtesy of the U.S. Dept of Navy and NARA; photo right shows retired Lt. Cmdr. Louis "Lou" Conter, posing for a photo during the 76th Commemoration Event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak.)

 ARMED FORCES DAY - April 06, 2024 

Armed Forces Day (a.k.a. Army Day), celebrates everyone currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For  some of the latest military updates, see photos below. Thank you one and all for your sacrifice and your continued service to our country for our freedoms. RWP

Korea Viper - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ahmier Fillmore and a South Korean marine participate in Korea Viper at Camp Mujuk, South Korea, Feb. 7, 2024. The exercise is designed to demonstrate the ability of U.S. and South Korean marines to respond decisively in the region as a singular, unified force while strengthening relationships and trust. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense; Photo taken by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Evelyn Doherty. (240207-M-AG307-1361M)

Desert Training - Soldiers participate in training at Fort Irwin, CA, Feb 15, 2024. Photo courtesy of DOD; Photo taken by Army Spc. Anatasiya Ledchenko. (240215-A-IA179-1042Y)

Fueled by Fire - Marines conduct a notional fire mission with a high mobility artillery rocket system during an artillery relocation training program at Yausubetsu Maneuver Area, Hokkaido, Japan, March 4, 2024. During the training event, Marines rehearsed live-fire operations across a range of climates and conditions to provide lethal combat-ready artillery forces in the Indo-Pacific. Photo courtesy of DOD; Photo taken by Marine Corps Cpl. Jaylen Davis. (240304-M-HI909-1048M)

Snowy Resupply - Marines use a tactical resupply unmanned aircraft system during Nordic Response in Alta, Norway, March 12, 2024. The exercise enhances military capabilities and allied cooperation in challenging Arctic conditions. Photo courtesy of DOD; Photo taken by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christian Salazar. (240312-M-VM946-1113Y)

 (Above photos courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Dept of Navy and U.S. Dept of Army.)

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Real War Photos is dedicated to the memory of our beloved father, George Chizmar Sr. who served on the USS Montpelier (CL-57), with sincere appreciation for all his hard work in creating and operating RWP. It's our goal to continue to provide our customers with the best war related photographs possible. Thank you.

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