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The hand of an US Marine was discreetly photographed as he lifted the barely living body a tiny infant from a hole. A group of native islanders had been hiding to escape the battle between the Americans and Japanese forces as they fought for control of Saipan.
American soldier offers his hand to a woman emerging from a cave where she had hidden with her child. (Saipan, 1944)
Frightened civilian woman and children emerging from cave where they had hidden during battle between Japanese American forces for control of Saipan. Saipan, Marianas Islands July 1944 Photographer: W. Eugene Smith
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