Bullets, blood, sweat and courage; all in a days work for war cameraman Damien Parer.
An in-depth look at one of the photojournalists. We still watch his newsreels today!
To be a war correspondent, photographer or camera person takes great courage. It isn’t your typical run of the mill occupation where you can decide to go home at the end of a long hard day. Often these people are exposed to the same harsh conditions as ordinary soldiers or other service people. Occasionally they are shot at and targeted by the enemy. International conventions are supposed to protect them from harm’s way, but the reality is often the opposite. On a fateful day on September 17th 1944, Australian cameraman Damien Parer, working under new employers from Paramount News, was filming footage of American marines advancing on the Island of Peleliu in the Pacific. As he was walking backwards to take cover behind an American tank, he was suddenly fatally shot by a burst of Japanese machine gun fire.
Damien Parer’s story is only one of millions of lives…
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