Japanese plane shot down during the battle of Saipan 1944.

Japanese plane shot down during the battle of Saipan 1944.

.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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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.

An 18 year old marine, Guy Gabaldon, singlehandedly persuaded Japanese soldiers at the battle of Saipan to surrender. He was only able to do this because his Japanese foster parents had 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)

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Magnum photographer, W. Eugene Smith’s, picture of a Marine drinking from his canteen during 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..."

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 received Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan.

A grizzled, weary American peers over his shoulder during the final days of fighting during the July, 1944 Battle of Saipan. The pivotal Allied victory there, 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, was earned at the cost of 3,000 American lives. This picture — easily among the most striking and immediately recognizable of LIFE’s countless war photos — was the 1940s equivalent of saying to the American public: We didn’t start this fight. But we’re going to finish it.

World War II photographs show American soldiers' fight for survival in brutal Battle of Saipan

A grizzled, weary American peers over his shoulder during the final days of fighting during the July, 1944 Battle of Saipan. The pivotal Allied victory there, miles south of Tokyo, was earned at the cost of American lives

Sharing bananas with a goat during the Battle of Saipan, ca. 1944 - and 29 other fascinating old photographs.

WW II Battle of Saipan - Marine First Sergeant Neil I. Shober of Fort Wayne, Indiana, shares the spoils of war bananas with a native goat, 1944

The Battle of Saipan began on June 15, 1944.  Navajo codetalkers such as these played a crucial role in directing naval artillery during the 24 day battle.

“ Navajo Indian communication men with the Marines on Saipan landed with the first assault waves to his the beach. ” The Battle of Saipan began on June Navajo codetalkers such.

W. Eugene Smith's picture of a Marine drinking from his canteen during 1944's Battle of Saipan is as iconic a war picture as any ever made. In fact, when the U.S. Postal Service released a "Masters of American Photography" series of commemorative stamps in 2002, Smith was included — and this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.

Eugene Smith's picture of a Marine drinking from a canteen during Battle of Saipan. Postal Service released a Masters of American Photography series of commemorative stamps in 2002 this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.

#WWII A U.S soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child during the battle between Japanese and American forces

World War II photographs show American soldiers' fight for survival in brutal Battle of Saipan

A US soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child, Saipan, 1944

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