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Soldier shares a banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan ca. 1944


Battle of Saipan - Navajo codetalkers played a key role in directing naval gunfire onto Japanese positions.


"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..."


American GI watching starved, wounded man clean a small child after they emerged from caves to surrender to American troops after the defeat of the Japanese in the battle for control of Saipan. July 1944.


Private First Class Harold G. Epperson, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Battle of Saipan, Mariana Islands, World War II June 25, 1944. Namesake of USS Epperson (DD-719).


Marine First Sergeant Neil I. Shober, of Fort Wayne, Ind., shares the spoils of war-bananas-with a native goat, one of the few survivors of the terrific naval and air bombardment in support of the Marines hitting the beach on the Japan-mandated island of Saipan circa June 1944.


U.S. Marines try to soothe a crying child by offering a shiny rations tin. Island natives are sheltered with their families in a camp set up for refugees from battle areas by U.S. Marine Civil Affairs authorities during the Battle of Saipan. Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. July 1944.  Image taken by U.S. Coast Guardsman Ted Needham.


On 10 April 1941, Nagumo was appointed commander-in-chief of the First Air Fleet, the IJN′s main aircraft carrier force, largely due to his seniority. Many contemporaries and historians have doubted his suitability for this command, given his lack of familiarity with naval aviation.