“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.”

Eugene Smith's picture of a Marine drinking from a canteen during Battle of Saipan. Postal Service released a Masters of American Photography series of commemorative stamps in 2002 this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.

Sharing bananas with a goat during the Battle of Saipan, ca. 1944 - and 29 other fascinating old photographs.

WW II Battle of Saipan - Marine First Sergeant Neil I. Shober of Fort Wayne, Indiana, shares the spoils of war bananas with a native goat, 1944

Japanese plane shot down during the Battle of Saipan, near Saipan; circa June 15 – July 9, 1944.

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Amazing History-Japanese plane shot down during the Battle of Saipan circa June 1944

"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..."

"First Negro Marines decorated by the famed Second Marine Division somewhere in the Pacific (left to right) Staff Sgt Timerlate Kirven.and Cpl. Samuel J. They received Purple Hearts for wounds received in the Battle of Saipan.

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.

Lee Marvin left school and joined the US Marine Corps as a sniper scout. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Saipan during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart and discharged at the rank of Private First Class.

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

Pacific War Post: Battle of Saipan First waves of Marines hit the beach

TIL an 18 year old marine, Guy Gabaldon, singlehandedly persuaded 1,500 Japanese soldiers at the battle of Saipan to surrender. He was only able to do this because his japanese foster parents had taken him in off the streets when he was 12 and taught him their language.

An 18 year old marine, Guy Gabaldon, singlehandedly persuaded Japanese soldiers at the battle of Saipan to surrender. He was only able to do this because his Japanese foster parents had taught him their language.

World War II was the deadliest war in history ... over 60 million lives were lost which constituted more than 2.5% of the humans living on earth at the time.

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

soldiers drive the wounded from the front lines during the fight to take Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands, June In the first jeep, one soldier drives while a second holds up IV bags attached to two injured men strapped to the vehicle's hood

.WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. June 1944. Battle of Saipan Island. US Marine holding a wounded and dying baby found in the mountains - Photo W. Eugene Smith

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Dying Infant Found by American Soldiers in Saipan, June Photographed by William Eugene Smith.

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)

World War II: Photos We Remember

Magnum photographer, W. Eugene Smith’s, picture of a Marine drinking from his canteen during Battle of Saipan

A Bloody Fight: The Battle of Saipan

A Bloody Fight: The Battle of Saipan in WWII

US Marines take cover behind a Sherman tank named King Kong while cleaning out the northern end of the island of Saipan.

Battle of Saipan

What One Photographer Saw at the Battle of Saipan

An American soldier points a rifle into a bunker during fighting in final days of the invasion of Saipan Northern Mariana Islands mid 1944

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

Sgt Angelo Spiros Klonis during the Battle of Saipan. Klonis, a Greek immigrant from Cephalonia, became one of the iconic images of WWII thanks to famed photographer W.

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.

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, miles south of Tokyo, was earned at the cost of American lives

28 Of The Most Powerful Pictures From World War II In The Pacific - BuzzFeed News

28 Of The Most Powerful Pictures From World War II In The Pacific

Haze was convinced he would only go off to World War II for around 4 months, but ended up fighting for 4 years. This hardened him inside. He went into the war intending to go back and be a preacher like his grandfather, but came out an atheist.

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