Three American soldiers lie half-buried in the sand at Buna Beach on New Guinea. This photo was taken in February but not published until September, when it became the first image of dead American troops to appear in LIFE during World War II
It's the motto of any soldier: Never leave a fallen man behind. It's the way to be. Only a coward would leave someone behind, or to allow them to face an enemy alone. No matter what the cost never leave anyone behind.