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US Marine giving an interned child candy Tinian Mariana Islands 1944.

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Chamorro ABCs: Animals, Plants, and Things of the Mariana Islands

From Amazon: This Guam and CNMI-centric alphabet book illustrates the Chamorro ABCs in colorful pictures, with narratives to engage small children. The Chamorro language originates from the native people of the Mariana Islands of Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian. This children’s book invites parents to interact with their kids using this picture book by helping …

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1944 MR Tinian Marine USMC Amtrack Water Buffalo Bound For Island 8x10 Photo

The 6th Bomb Group: Tinian Island--wonder if this was when my grandfather was there!

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26 Jun 1945 - USS Indianapolis reached the island of Tinian in the South Pacific. Their mission was to unload the world’s first atomic bomb, “Little Boy,” dropped 10 days later on the city of Hiroshima. Having completed their mission the Indianapolis headed to a rendezvous with the USS Idaho. Then at 12:15 a.m. on July 30 they were struck by two torpedoes, the second which hit fuel tanks and the ammunition magazine. The ship sunk in 12 minutes.

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American soldiers coaxing starved, frightened civilians out of cave where they were hiding during battle for Saipan between US and Japanese forces. July 1944. Photographer: W. Eugene Smith

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Suicide Cliff on Tinian Island, where thousands of Japanese civilians and Okinawan/Korean slaves lept to their deaths after Emp. Hirohito issued an order that they commit suicide after hearing that the islanders were reluctant to continue fighting. Reluctancy grew from kind treatment provided by US troops that had landed on the island & started encampents where islanders were fed and protected. Those who were reluctant to jump, were pushed off by Japanese soldiers. WWII

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