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Old 06-15-2019, 05:55 PM
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Default 75 Years Ago Today: Battle of Saipan

With all the hype surrounding the Normandy Invasion, lets not forget the Battle of Saipan 75th Anniversary today.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:39 PM
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The "boat" my father was on (SS203 Tuna) pulled into Saipan not long after. He said the stench was unbearable.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:05 PM
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Dad hit Saipan on June 15, 1944 on Yellow Beach 1, 4th landing wave, H Hour + 15 min. His transport was the USS James O'Hara APA-90 and landed in an LCVP.
Then hit Tinian on July 24, 1944 on White Beach 1, first landing wave, H Hour. Disembarked from LST 278 in an LVT.
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In honor of my father, Howard C. Ricks. Corporal, Co. E, 2nd Battalion, 20th Marine Engineers, 4th Marine Division. Later renamed Co. B, 4th Pioneer Battalion after Marianna Operation. Service dates February 1943 to October 31, 1945, Combat action: Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. His rifle SA 893999 met "Captain Crunch".
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:47 PM
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Saipan, Tinian, and Guam were all retaken in June and July of 1944. One of the US Marine Corps casualties to die on Tinian was Sergeant Lee Berrian Powell, who was the first "Lone Ranger" of the Movies (1939).

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Lee_Powell_(actor)
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:42 PM
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The "boat" my father was on (SS203 Tuna) pulled into Saipan not long after. He said the stench was unbearable.
Saipan was a large island. Can you imagine what Iwo Jima smelled like? 8 square miles and 26,000 dead! Dad says that you could hide a decomposing body in a large landfill or garbage dump and he'd be able to find it by the smell.
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In honor of my father, Howard C. Ricks. Corporal, Co. E, 2nd Battalion, 20th Marine Engineers, 4th Marine Division. Later renamed Co. B, 4th Pioneer Battalion after Marianna Operation. Service dates February 1943 to October 31, 1945, Combat action: Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. His rifle SA 893999 met "Captain Crunch".
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:48 PM
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Saipan, Tinian, and Guam were all retaken in June and July of 1944. One of the US Marine Corps casualties to die on Tinian was Sergeant Lee Berrian Powell, who was the first "Lone Ranger" of the Movies (1939).

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Lee_Powell_(actor)

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