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Vicki Hill
Vicki Hill • 2 years ago

American Marine finds a mother and her four children hiding in a hillside cave, Saipan

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Okinawa, May 1945 by Marine Corps Archives Special Collections, via Flickr. The caption on this photograph reads "My Buddy-A Marine comforts a brother Leatherneck who broke down and cried after witnessing the death of a buddy on an Okinawa hillside. These First Division Marines participated in the furious drive on Shuri Castle the enemy fortress two miles east of the capital city of Naha." From the Photograph Collection (COLL/3948), Marine Corps Archives Special Collections