A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 2, 1945

Gene Smith is a great photographer for LIFE, rather than a correspondent for TIME. But the letter he wrote Correspondent Shelley Mydans the night before he was wounded on Okinawa is so filled with the spirit with which so many other TIME & LIFE men have shared the dangers of our troops in a hundred battles that I believe you should see it.

For I think you may understand all these men better if you understand why Gene Smith, all unarmed, volunteered to face the enemy in the darkness of the front line for a story to which he was not...

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