Multimedia Merrill’s Marauders Page CreatedJuly 1st, 2022Last UpdatedJuly 12th, 2022United StatesAdditional InformationMerrill’s MaraudersOrder of BattleCommandersOperationsEquipmentMultimediaReferencesInteractive Page Merril’s Marauders Marauders evacuating a wounded comrade on a bamboo raft, for trip down river. Soldier sitting with his foot in the air, is trying to drain water from his booths and leggings. walking with wet clothes and shoes compounded the problems, all the men had, with skin rash. He is carrying a Thompson Submachine Gun. Parachutes caring supplies are about to miss the clearing and will have to be retrieved from treetops. In some cases, supplies would have to be abandon. Soldier with bandaged hand in airdrop field is, talking on portable radio (Handi-talki). Partially hidden from view, radio is the size of a double carton of cigarettes and only had a range in open field of 450 metres. A Dakota C47 drops two chutes on this pass, the plane will make several passes before its cargo of food and ammunition has been delivered. After crossing a river the horses and mules are watered. Radio is set up for an airdrop. The radio model shown here is an SCR 284, designed for use in a vehicle. Not intended to be hand powered. Unfortunately it was the only model that covered the aircraft frequencies. Barebacked soldier cranking hand generator is T/5 Robert Bacharch of Baltimore, Md. Formerly a student before entering army. Bleeding wound on his lower back is a leach bite which he got during the night. Medical Officer Major Bernard Rogoff of Ozone Park, New York, is putting with halazone tablets purified water in canteens to purify river water. Water bottle made of plastic are the from airdrop during battle on Nhpum Ga hill. halazone tablets were also provided in each medkit. Men watch Colonel Mc Elroy Flying a P40 Burma Banshee, take off from small dirt strip in Burma. A L4 Piper is standing on the left. Marauders tend to drink as much as they can and then fill their canteens. The animals are also watered but are taken a few metres downstream from where the men are drinking. A Patrol comes upon dead Japanese soldiers, killed a few minutes earlier, in a skirmish with the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon. Muleskinners getting last minute instructions before loading mules for the next mission. Men around mule saddle which weighs 45 kilograms L- R (Muleskinners) Staff Sergeant Raymond E. Tuggle, Staff Sergeant Robert E. Jackson and Technical Sergeant Darwin H. Lee. General Frank Merrill, doing his own cooking. Some men from Headquarters Staff. L to R, Major Melvin A. Schudmak, Surgeon of White Combat Team, Major Leuis J. Williams Brigadier General Frank Merrill, Lieutenant Colonel Chun Lee, Chinese Liaison Officer, Major George N. Nestad. Medical Officer Captain Henry G. Stelling and his orderlies repacking medical supplies. Stelling, was a doctor before entering army. Stelling carried the heaviest pack in the outfit, which weighs more then 50 kilograms. The orderly in the back is carrying a foldable stretcher. Medical Officer Captain Henry G. Stelling carrying his 50 kilograms load. Wounded Marauder is to be evacuated. The airstrip for a single passenger cub plane is 15 kilometers away over rough mountain terrain. Sergeant George E. Feltwell with his Tompson and Technical Sergeant J. C. Price with the M1. They spent their birthdays together in the same foxhole for 14 day and night battle on Nhpun Ga hill where Marauders suffered their highest combat casualties. A covered fox hole used by troops during the battle for the town of Myitkyina. The dirt and log embankment covering the hole, is protection against the daily pounding by Japanese 157 mm artillery. Among the equipment visible are the Thompson Submachinegun, a M1911 Colt .45 Pistol, AM1 Helmet and the M1936 Pistol Belt with equipment. Corporal Boase digs foxhole in the rain while soldier in makeshift tent looks on. Radio operators are busy in tent further back. Brigadier General Frank Merrill, with map in hand, evaluating Marauders position. A horse stumbles trying to climb steep hill. Often the terrain was so steep that the animals had trouble. Unlike the mules the horse in this photo is caring only a saddle and a few blankets. Horses were too fragile for heavier loads. Harry Brabazon, longed to spend at least one night sleeping off the ground. The morning after building his bamboo bed, they had to pull out. Visible are A M3 Combat Knife, M1 Garand Rifle, and a M1911 Entrenching Tool. Marauders sleeping on ground under makeshift lean to. Each man carried 1 poncho and 1 blanket. The arrangement here is, a poncho on the ground covered by a blanket, a blanket on top and the poncho above. Two Marauders carrying their loads different. The man on left carries two canteens and a trench shovel, the man on the right carbine on right shoulder and no leggings. Private Dean Jackson a former geologist, taking a break after digging a slit trench. He is holding a M1910 Entrenching Tool, He has a M1911 Colt .45 Pistol holstered and M3 Combat Knife behind it. Private Joseph H. Pritchard on the left and Staff Sergeant Paul W. Craig on the right, decode incoming messages, on a portable cipher unit, most likely the SIGABA. Colonel Charles Newton Hunter. Mule Skinners working on horse. Sergeant Lewis W. Durham is applying save to horse’s back where saddle has been rubbing. Holding horse’s head is Private 1st class Samuel G. Roe. The horse is clearly showing his ribs, meaning it is malnutritioned despite the care given. Captured Japanese weapons, back to front, 25 cal. bolt action rifles, 25 cal. automatic rifle (similar to British Bren Gun), the ubiquitous 25 cal. Nambu machine gun, deadly Japanese knee mortar. Setting up a Browning ,03 Machine Gun nest for perimeter defense, L-R, Private 1st Class Paul Sofrank, Private 1st Class Calvin C. Carterand Private 1st Class Willis F. Magee. Marauder unpacks some 81mm mortar shells. The parachute, it’s about 12 metres in diameter and made of nylon. The parachutes were made of different material depending on the item being dropped. A system of colors was used making it easy to identify the load. Setting up 81mm mortar position for perimeter defense around Battalion bivouac area. L to R Priavte 1st Class Anibal Leria, Corporal Michael F. Sevensky (carring mortar shells), Sergeant Frank a Waszk (standing), Private 1st Class Joseph Tuminno and Sergeant Louis S. Cardinnali.