Norman T. Hatch, Who Filmed Grisly World War II Combat, Dies at 96

Somehow, he escaped the war unscathed, having fired his pistol only once.

“When I was looking through the viewfinder, I was living in the movie,” he said. “I was disassociated with what was going on around me.”

His raw footage was edited into a 20-minute film titled “With the Marines at Tarawa,” which won the 1945 Academy Award for best short documentary.