image hf_1_3_15_4_25 july 1945
Image number: RS.12257
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘ “Don’t Let Me Die”, a Marine Cries’




Joseph W Mintzer (b.1917, American), Artist

Object type

Archive reference number




height (print): 250mm
width (print): 150mm


Content object


Cartoon graphic of a wounded U.S. Marine, from the Battle of Okinawa in an operating theatre appealing to a surgeon [identified in the text as U.S. Navy Lieutenant (j.g.) William C. Manion] before being administered penicillin.

Detail of a newspaper cutting illustrating a story by Staff Sergeant Ed Meagher, Marine Corps Correspondent, with the cutting service label ‘San Francisco California News’ [possibly the San Francisco Chronicle?], 25 July 1945.

Captioned: ‘ “I WANT TO LIVE.” The Marine, wounded in Okinawa, said: “Don’t let me die Doc. There’s too much in life to live for yet.” ‘Signed lower left: ‘MINTZER USMCR.’

Joseph W. Mintzer, born in Philadelphia, USA and enlisted in the USMR in 1941. Active in the Pacific Theatre and exhibited in ‘Marines Under Fire’ at MOMA, New York, November 1943-January 1944.

Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey (1898–1968), experimental pathologist and bacteriologist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1941 and served as President from 1960 to 1965.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States