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"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..."

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U.S. Marines of either the 2nd or 4th Marine Division landing on the beaches of Saipan on June 15, 1944.

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Lee Marvin (1924-1987). PFC. U.S. Marine Corps, WW II. He left school to join serving in the 4th Marine Division. He was wounded during the Battle of Saipan, a battle in which most members of his platoon were killed. He was awarded the Purple Heart and given a medical discharge. His wartime experiences deeply affected him for the remainder of his life.

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from TIME.com

World War II: Photos We Remember

В одном из самых знаковых картин из Второй мировой войны, морской напитки из своей фляги во время битвы Сайпан, 1944. (У. Юджин Смит времени и Жизнь Картинки / Getty Images) ======================== In one of the most iconic pictures from WWII, a marine drinks from his canteen during the Battle of Saipan, 1944. (W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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from ViralNova.com

These 40 Photos From The Past Are Shocking, Crazy, Or Both. I Still Can't Believe Some Of Them.

16.) A soldier shares his banana with a goat during the battle of Saipan ca 1944.

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from Mail Online

Hell in the Pacific: Rare World War II photographs show American soldiers' fight for survival in brutal Battle of Saipan

A grizzled, weary American peers over his shoulder during the final days of fighting during the July, 1944 Battle of Saipan. The pivotal Allied victory there, 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, was earned at the cost of 3,000 American lives. This picture — easily among the most striking and immediately recognizable of LIFE’s countless war photos — was the 1940s equivalent of saying to the American public: We didn’t start this fight. But we’re going to finish it.

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lee marvin | actor - Left school to join the US Marine Corps, serving as a sniper in the 4th Marine Division in WW II. He would be sent in during the night in a small rubber boat, prior to the rest of his platoon. He was wounded during the Battle of Saipan, a battle in which most members of his platoon were killed. He was awarded the Purple Heart and given a medical discharge with the rank of Private First Class.

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The Greek face of the US Marine Corps: Sgt Angelo Spiros Klonis during the Battle of Saipan. Klonis, a Greek immigrant from Cephalonia, became one of the iconic images of WW2 thanks to famed photographer W. Eugene Smith. One of Smith's photos of Klonis became a LIFE magazine cover and, in 2002, a US postal stamp. See more on Kloni's story: http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0510/swanson.html

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1944- With a small grindstone found in the debris of Garapan, Saipan, U.S. Marines sharpen their bayonets in anticipation of battle on Tinian.

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M165 - Marines in fox hole near front lines on Saipan, 1 July, 1944. Photo courtesy of NARA

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