Breaching the Marianas : the battle for Saipan by John C Chapin; United States. Marine Corps. History and

By John C Chapin; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division

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Ad vancing with his tank a few yard s ahead of the infantry in support of a vigorous attack on hostile positions , Sergeant Timmerman maintaine d steady fire from his antiaircraft sk y mount machine gun until progres s was impeded by a series of enem y trenches and pillboxes . Observing a target of opportunity, he immediatel y ordered the tank stopped and, mind ful of the danger from the muzzl e blast as he prepared to open fire with the 75mm, fearlessly stood up in the exposed turret and ordered the infantry to hit the deck .

The valley was constantly rake d by American artillery and nava l gunfire ; he had left only fragmentary remnants of his troops ; h e was himself sick, hungry, an d wounded . After giving orders fo r one last fanatical banzai charge , he decided to commit hara-kiri in his cave . m . on 6 July, fac - A salvo from the truck-mounted rockets was a welcome prelude to any Marine attack . Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 8840 3 29 Medal of Honor Recipient s rivate First Class Harold Christ Agerholm was born on 29 January 1925, in Racine, Wisconsin .

This was published by the White Man e Publishing Co . Acknowledgement is gratefully made to Lieutenant General William K . Jones, USMC (Ret), for his first draft of an account of the Saipan operation . S. S . S . Department of Defense observanc e of the 50th anniversary of victory in that war . Editorial costs of preparing this pamphlet have been defrayed in part b y a bequest from the estate of Emilie H . Watts, in memory of her late husband , Thomas M . Watts, who served as a Marine and was the recipient of a Purpl e Heart .

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