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A Soldier, A Banana And A Goat!

Written by: George Chittenden : 25 Jun 2019

This lovely photo was taken on the island of Saipan in 1944. The marine, First Sergeant Neil I. Shober of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is casually feeding a banana to a native goat. The island was controlled by the Japanese and it required fairly extensive naval and air bombardment, prior to U.S Marines arriving on the beach. Thankfully this goat survived. The Battle of Saipan was part of America’s Pacific campaign during World War II.

The Allied invasion fleet left Pearl Harbour on June 5th, 1944, the day before Operation Overlord was launched in Europe. The Battle of Saipan was waged between June 15th - July 9th, 1944. Following intense fighting America’s 2nd Marine Division, 4th Marine Division and the Army's 27th Infantry Division, led by Lieutenant General Holland Smith were victorious, defeating the 43rd Infantry Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito.

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