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.
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.
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
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.