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The book tells of Hatch filming Marines in combat, the Pacific D-Day and brutal battles to take Japanese-held islands. In photos of Hatch in action, he stands instead of taking cover because, as he said, you can't film lying down.

"I never got hit and I don't know why, because I've always said that being a photographer and doing your job correctly, is like having a target on the middle of your back," Hatch said.

Jones said Hatch’s film of the horrific battles at Tarawa won an Academy Award.

"They were so graphic that they shocked the American public, which at the time foolishly considered the Japanese an inferior opponent, and they couldn't believe that hundreds of Marines were being mowed down," Jones said.

And Hatch led the camera team that shot the legendary Marine flag-raising at Iwo Jima.

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