"First African American Marines decorated by the famed Second Marine Division somewhere in the Pacific (left to right) Staff Sgt Timerlate Kirven...and Cpl. Samuel J. Love, Sr... They received Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan..."

"First African American Marines decorated by the famed Second Marine Division somewhere in the Pacific (left to right) Staff Sgt Timerlate Kirven...and Cpl. Samuel J. Love, Sr... They received Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan..."

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U.S. Marines of either the 2nd or 4th Marine Division landing on the beaches of Saipan on June 15, 1944.

U.S. Marines of either the 2nd or 4th Marine Division landing on the beaches of Saipan on June 15, 1944.

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TIL an 18 year old marine, Guy Gabaldon, singlehandedly persuaded 1,500 Japanese soldiers at the battle of Saipan to surrender. He was only able to do this because his japanese foster parents had taken him in off the streets when he was 12 and taught him their language.

TIL an 18 year old marine, Guy Gabaldon, singlehandedly persuaded 1,500 Japanese soldiers at the battle of Saipan to surrender. He was only able to do this because his japanese foster parents had taken him in off the streets when he was 12 and taught him their language.

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В одном из самых знаковых картин из Второй мировой войны, морской напитки из своей фляги во время битвы Сайпан, 1944. (У. Юджин Смит времени и Жизнь Картинки / Getty Images) ======================== In one of the most iconic pictures from WWII, a marine drinks from his canteen during the Battle of Saipan, 1944. (W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

В одном из самых знаковых картин из Второй мировой войны, морской напитки из своей фляги во время битвы Сайпан, 1944. (У. Юджин Смит времени и Жизнь Картинки / Getty Images) ======================== In one of the most iconic pictures from WWII, a marine drinks from his canteen during the Battle of Saipan, 1944. (W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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Battle of Saipan - Isely Field, filled with B-29 bombers, mid-1945.
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WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. June 1944. Battle of Saipan Island. US soldier looking for Japanese soldiers.

WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. June 1944. Battle of Saipan Island. US soldier looking for Japanese soldiers.

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Battle of Saipan - Marines take cover behind a M4 Sherman tank while clearing Japanese forces from the northern end of the island of Saipan. 8 July 1944

Battle of Saipan - Marines take cover behind a M4 Sherman tank while clearing Japanese forces from the northern end of the island of Saipan. 8 July 1944

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Unpublished. A crew maneuvers an enormous piece of artillery during the Battle of Saipan, 1944. In the waning days of the struggle for the island, thousands of Japanese civilians and troops committed suicide, rather than surrender to American troops. Many leapt to their death from the top of sheer cliffs that fall 200 feet to rocks and surf below.

Unpublished. A crew maneuvers an enormous piece of artillery during the Battle of Saipan, 1944. In the waning days of the struggle for the island, thousands of Japanese civilians and troops committed suicide, rather than surrender to American troops. Many leapt to their death from the top of sheer cliffs that fall 200 feet to rocks and surf below.

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.WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. June 1944. Battle of Saipan Island. US Marine holding a wounded and dying baby found in the mountains - Photo W. Eugene Smith

.WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. June 1944. Battle of Saipan Island. US Marine holding a wounded and dying baby found in the mountains - Photo W. Eugene Smith

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