Into the Jaws of Death

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Taxis to Hell – and Back – Into the Jaws of Death, by Robert F. Sargent, CPhoM, USCG
original caption: "American invaders spring from the ramp of a Coast Guard-manned landing barge to wade those last perilous yards to the beach of Normandy. Enemy fire will cut some of them down. Their 'taxi' will pull itself off the sands and dash back to a Coast Guard manned transport for more passengers."

Taxis to Hell – and Back – Into the Jaws of Death is a historic photograph taken on June 6, 1944, by Robert F. Sargent, a chief photographer's mate in the United States Coast Guard. It depicts U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division soldiers disembarking from a LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Landings in World War II.[1]

The phrase "into the jaws of Death" in the photograph's title comes from a refrain in Alfred Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade".

The iconic image was evoked in the 1998 Hollywood film Saving Private Ryan,[2] and appears on the cover of Stanley Lombardo's 1997 English translation of the Iliad as a symbol of the universality of war.[3]


  1. ^ Price, Scott T. "U.S. Coast Guard at Normandy". U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Shields, Mark (August 3, 1998). "'Ryan' recalls a war that was 'good' because it was democratic". The Free Lance–Star. Creators Syndicate. 
  3. ^ Mendelsohn, Daniel (July 20, 1997). "Yo, Achilles". The New York Times.