3.26.2004
ENLARGE THE PHOTO
Clawing Out a Foothold

ACME News photograph, dated June 27, 1944

The first wave of U.S. Marines struggles to get ashore during the opening minutes of the amphibious landings on Saipan in the Marianas Islands. Note the landing craft on fire in the background. The Marines were taking intense Japanese machine gun fire when this photo was taken.

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