"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..."
Frightened civilian woman and children emerging from cave where they had hidden during battle between Japanese & American forces for control of Saipan. Saipan, Marianas Islands July 1944 Photographer: W. Eugene Smith
Abandoned Garapan Lighthouse Saipan ( Following World War I, the Japanese Empire seized the Northern Mariana Islands from Germany and developed a substantial amount of infrastructure. The Garapan Light on the island of Saipan is just one example. Built in 1934, the lighthouse was extensively damaged during the American invasion of Saipan in the summer of 1944.)