“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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Battle of Saipan - Isely Field, filled with B-29 bombers, mid-1945.
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Battle of Saipan - Marines take cover behind a M4 Sherman tank while clearing Japanese forces from the northern end of the island of Saipan. 8 July 1944

Battle of Saipan - Marines take cover behind a M4 Sherman tank while clearing Japanese forces from the northern end of the island of Saipan. 8 July 1944

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World War II: Photos We Remember | LIFE.com  Enormous piece of artillery during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

World War II: Photos We Remember | LIFE.com Enormous piece of artillery during the Battle of Saipan in 1944.

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Civilian women and children on the island of Saipan emerge from a cave in which they had been hiding during the Battle of Saipan. The cave had been targeted by U.S. forces, believing it to have been used by Japanese holdouts. Hidden civilian shelters were located virtually everywhere on the island, with very little difference noticeable between them and Japanese bunkers to U.S. Marines. aipan, Northern Mariana Islands. July 1944.

Civilian women and children on the island of Saipan emerge from a cave in which they had been hiding during the Battle of Saipan. The cave had been targeted by U.S. forces, believing it to have been used by Japanese holdouts. Hidden civilian shelters were located virtually everywhere on the island, with very little difference noticeable between them and Japanese bunkers to U.S. Marines. aipan, Northern Mariana Islands. July 1944.

Pictured are Staff Sergeant Timerlate Kirven and Corporal Samuel J. Love, two African American Marines of the famed Second Marine Division, wearing their Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan.

Pictured are Staff Sergeant Timerlate Kirven and Corporal Samuel J. Love, two African American Marines of the famed Second Marine Division, wearing their Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan.

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This has been one of my fav photos since I discovered it at 13 <3 MARIANAS ISLANDS - JULY 15: Grizzled & weary US soldier smoking a cigarette during the final days of fighting to gain control of the island of Saipan from occupying Japanese forces during WWII.

This has been one of my fav photos since I discovered it at 13 <3 MARIANAS ISLANDS - JULY 15: Grizzled & weary US soldier smoking a cigarette during the final days of fighting to gain control of the island of Saipan from occupying Japanese forces during WWII.

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U.S. Marine infantrymen move quickly to take up new positions against Japanese troops during the Battle of Saipan, while the village of Gara...

U.S. Marine infantrymen move quickly to take up new positions against Japanese troops during the Battle of Saipan, while the village of Gara...

He is here because he is so HOT!!! Photographer W. Eugene Smith's picture of a Marine drinking from his canteen during 1944's Battle of Saipan is as iconic a war picture as any ever made. In fact, when the U.S. Postal Service released a "Masters of American Photography" series of commemorative stamps in 2002, Smith was included - and this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.

He is here because he is so HOT!!! Photographer W. Eugene Smith's picture of a Marine drinking from his canteen during 1944's Battle of Saipan is as iconic a war picture as any ever made. In fact, when the U.S. Postal Service released a "Masters of American Photography" series of commemorative stamps in 2002, Smith was included - and this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.

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