published 28 August 2017
Words and photographs by guest contributor Dean Laubach.
Photographer and Marine Corps researcher Dean Laubach assists several organizations dedicated to preserving the history of the Corps in World War II.
These include the 5th Marine Division Association and the US Marine Raider Association.
I have had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember – but attending and documenting Major Norman Hatch’s final journey at Arlington was an experience that defies words. His photographic legacy filled the history books for my generation, that we might know first-hand the stories of Marines who fought on Tarawa and Iwo Jima.
In the many years of his distinguished life, Major Hatch staunchly advocated for the legacy of his fellow Marines. The images below now preserve a chapter of his own legacy: the day he was laid to rest alongside some of those very Marines whose memory he helped to keep alive.
Major Norman Hatch is buried in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, alongside the recently repatriated Marines that perished in the battle.
Read more from Dean in “A Hero’s Farewell,” published in the Alexandria Gazette Packet of 24 August 2017.
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