Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Battle of Saipan photographs

Abstract

The Battle of Saipan photographs (dated 1944; 0.01 cubic feet; 48 photographs) comprise photographs that document the efforts and experiences of American troops during the Battle of Saipan in the Mariana Islands in 1944.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Battle of Saipan photographs
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
Saipan, Battle of, Northern Mariana Islands, 1944.
Saipan
Military life.
Death
Military weapons
Arrangement
The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0616: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Battle of Saipan photographs, 1944, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No biographical information available on photographer.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Battle of Saipan photographs (dated 1944; 0.01 cubic feet; 48 photographs) comprise photographs that document the efforts and experiences of American troops during the Battle of Saipan in the Mariana Islands in 1944. The photographs depict patrols, wounded soldiers, confiscated Japanese weapons, prisoners of war, casualties of war, and downtime in between fighting.
The Battle of Saipan photographs collection is part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Troops ashore and ships laying off, soldiers walking along a beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 1
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Waiting for word to move up, soldiers and supplies on beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 2
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A landing craft vehicle on way to the beach with troops, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 3
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Japanese gun mounted on flat car, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 4
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Bringing in a wounded marine, four unidentified soldiers carrying a fifth on a stretcher, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 5
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Marines with native carts, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 6
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Bringing in Jap prisoners, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 7
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Marine sniper, dead bodies in foreground, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 8
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Tank coming down Garapan harbor, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 9
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Tinian, view of Tinian across bay filled with boats and ships, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 10
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Four dead Japs, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 11
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Military cemetery on Saipan, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 12
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Administering aid to a wounded marine, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 13
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Checking to see if they are all dead, unidentified soldier standing over the bodies of Japanese soldiers, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 14
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Native shrine at Saipan, view of crucifix, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 15
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United States soldiers on beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 16
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A banzi attack, view of numerous dead Japanese soldiers, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 17
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A Hari-Kari victim, view of dead Japanese soldier, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 18
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Track running from Garapan to Tanapeg, view down railroad tracks with dead bodies on and to the side of the tracks, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 19
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Engineers coming ashore, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 20
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Caught in a foxhole, view of dead soldiers, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 21
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View of dead soldiers on a beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 22
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United States soldiers walking through field with dead Japanese soldiers, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 23
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Cormen [sic] bringing in wounded marines, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 24
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A gun implacement, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 25
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Jap prisoners, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 26
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Two American tanks knocked-out, dead soldiers in foreground, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 27
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Burned out gun implacement with dead Japanese soldier inside, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 28
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Garapan harbor on Saipan, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 29
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Waiting for word to move up, troops on shoreline, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 30
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A Jap tank stopped, dead soldier in front of tank, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 31
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Native shrine on Saipan, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 32
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Resting before the attack, United States troops on beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 33
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Jap tank knocked down, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 34
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Making the beachhead, United States troops advancing on beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 35
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Marines firing Japanese field-piece, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 36
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Giving blood plasma underway, troops transporting wounded soldier, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 37
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Patrolling the area, soldiers walking through battle-damaged field, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 38
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Flame thrower in action, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 39
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Tanapeg (city on Saipan), 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 40
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Bull-dozer brought ashore, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 41
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Captured Jap equipent, United States soldiers with confiscated Japanese weapons, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 42
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Hunting cover behind a Heasel, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 43
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A Banzi attack, dead Japanese soldiers on beach, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 44
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United States troops walking through field with dead soldiers in it, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 45
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A burial at sea, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 46
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Marine ducking from mortar fire, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 47
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Truck that went over a land mine, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 48
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