Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): In Memoriam: Norman Hatch – Dispatch May 1, 2017

Last week, we learned with sadness that Marine Corps veteran and Academy Award recipient Norman Hatch had passed away.
In November of 1943, Norman T. Hatch risked his life to document the brutal battle on Tarawa Atoll. Wading ashore alongside fellow U.S. Marines, Hatch captured the deadly beachhead combat – and consequent casualties – through the lens of a 35mm camera. His work informed the short film, "With the Marines at Tarawa," which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short 1945.
As the subject of a student interview recording, Hatched participated in a VHP interview, citing that he owed his success to equal parts luck and training. His voice joins more than 103,000 comrades whose life experiences and contributions are among the permanent collections of the Library of Congress – and will not be forgotten.
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