Today, June 15, 2012, marks the 68th anniversary of the U.S. Marine assault on Saipan.
On June 5, 1944, the same day the allied invasion ships set off across the English Channel for Normandy, another amphibious force left Pearl Harbor to carry out a mission of equal importance in the Pacific. It's almost-forgotten today, but the effects were tremendous. As one Japanese admiral commented, ""Our war was lost with the loss of Saipan."
|Men & machinery coming ashore.|
|Crawling to duck snipers|
|The Marines at the center and far left have just been hit by enemy fire.|
|Shaking out a shoe, sitting on an unexploded shell from a battleship.|