Guttman, Paul Dennis, PhoM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PhoM-0000-Photographer's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Photographer's Mate (WWII)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, PhoM-0000, 4th Marine Division
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Foreign Language(s)
PhoM-Photographer's Mate (WWII)

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, NY
Last Address
Brooklyn, NY

Date of Passing
Oct 24, 2005
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Sea Bees Badge

 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Tributes from Members  
From Kristy Besada posted by Short, Diane (TWS Admin) (Ruth, Harding), SA 5779 
Awesome! posted by Woody, Gregory (Woody), AVCM 27
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Marine DivisionUSS Yorktown (CV-10)US NavyUSS Hornet (CV-12)
USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70)USS Spot (SS-413)4th Marine Division
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, 1st Marine Division
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, USS Yorktown (CV-10)
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, 1st Marine Division
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, 1st Marine Division
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, USS Cache (AO-67)
  1944-1944, PhoM-0000, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1945-1945, PhoM-0000, USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70)
  1945-1945, PhoM-0000, USS Spot (SS-413)
  1945-1945, PhoM-0000, 4th Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
Columbia UniversityColumbia University
  1937-1939, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  1937-1939, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  1950-1952, Columbia University
  1950-1953, Columbia University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 30, 2012, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

My father was a U.S. Navy Seabee who served as a U.S. Navy motion-picture Combat Cameraman in the Pacific during World War II.  He shot a lot of the combat footage still seen today in documentaries on the Pacific War. 

It was not a safe occupation.  My father was wounded several times and was finally invalided home from a U.S. Army Hospital in Okinawa.  He was subsequently awarded the Purple Heart with Gold Star.

He took part in combat flying from U.S. Navy carriers and seaplanes as well as in U.S. Army B-29s, for which he was awarded the DFC as well as the Air Medal with Star.

He landed under fire with the Marines on New Guinea, Kwajalein, Enewetok, Saipan, Guam, Pelelieu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He also served on occasion with U.S. Army infantry units.

He was present on the USS Fanshaw Bay in the surface action off Samar Island during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

He was in one of the carrier planes that sank the Japanesse battleship Yamato.

He also completed a combat patrol in a submarine, USS Spot (SS-413).

He was probably the only Seabee entitled to wear the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Submarine Combat Patrol Pin.  He was awarded the Silver Star for service during the Invasion of Saipan.

Many people have seen the dramatic combat footage shot during the Pacific War but never stopped to consider who it was who actually photographed it.  My father was one of that small, unsung and extremely brave group whose job it was to go into combat armed with a motion picture camera.  He did that on numerous occasions under extremely hazardous combat conditions on land, at sea, in the air, as well as under the sea, all the way across the Pacific from from New Guinea to Okinawa. 

Technically he worked for a special unit commanded by Captain Edward Steichen.  Usually, however, he actually worked more of less independently, with little or no officer supervision.  The reason was that, despite the fact that he was only a petty officer, he operated under orders coming from the highest level (CINCPAC). 

During all that time my father was technically serving on "temporary detached duty" from his original unit, the 59th Seabee Battalion, which he never actually rejoined before being demobilized in October 1945.  However, he was always extremely proud to have been a Seabee, a fact which often served him in good stead during his subsequent civilian career as an engineer.
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