War, injury and disease met their match in Bill Shrout (1913-1986). During WWII he was in the Pacific for some extremely intense battles, such as Guadalcanal, and finally was so battered that doctors ordered him out of the combat zone. Still, he begged for more. “I will risk my neck for LIFE in order to get the kind of pictures you are after,” he wrote. “Malaria does not bother me… I will stay out there for the duration.” Shrout got his wish, and returned to document the fighting. When he was back home in Alabama, away from the theaters of war, things were very different. Every night his family said prayers together, then were in bed by 8:30.
—Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers