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Two US Marines crawling into position on a Saipan, Mariana Islands beach after their landing craft was hit by Japanese mortar, 15 Jun 1944; note LVT(A)-4 Water Buffalo in background

Caption     Two US Marines crawling into position on a Saipan, Mariana Islands beach after their landing craft was hit by Japanese mortar, 15 Jun 1944; note LVT(A)-4 Water Buffalo in background ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   127-GR-113-83260
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Photos on Same Day 15 Jun 1944
Photos at Same Place Saipan, Mariana Islands
Added By David Stubblebine

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Nick Tasy says:
7 Jan 2015 02:22:42 PM

The Battle of Saipan, or Invasion of Saipan, whichever you'd like to call it, did not start until June 15, 1944, not the 13th.
2. Nick Tasy says:
7 Jan 2015 02:25:16 PM

Also, the LVT in the background is an LVT(A)-4, not an LVT(A)-2. You can determine this because of the gun. The LVT(A)-4 had a 75mm Howitzer whereas the LVT(A)-2 did not
3. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
7 Jan 2015 06:22:54 PM

Thank you, the date on the photo has been corrected.
4. Kathy Murray Olson says:
21 May 2016 04:23:43 PM

My father is the Marine on the left in this photo. His name was Donald J. Murray, and he was 19 years old when the Marines landed on Saipan in June 1944. My father passed away in 2001.
5. Dave Stallcup says:
20 Jul 2016 03:59:12 PM

I believe the marine crawling to the left and in the center of the photo to be my grandfather, PFC Clement William Krauss Jr. He would've been 20 years old at the time of this photo. He passed away in 1999.

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