"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..."
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.
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)
Unpublished.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.