The World War II Saipan American Memorial is located near the beach overlooking Tanapag Harbor on the island of Saipan, part of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The memorial is within the American Memorial Park that commemorates the Americans and Chamorro who died in the liberation of the Mariana Islands during WWII.
Specifically, the memorial honors the 24,000 American Marines and soldiers who were killed and wounded recapturing the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam during the period June 15, 1944, to Aug. 11, 1944.
The memorial consists of a 12-foot rectangular obelisk of rose granite in a landscaped area of local flora and a 20-foot tower to the north enclosing a carillon. Inscribed on the monument is the following:
This memorial has been erected by
the United States of America
in humble tribute to its sons
who paid the ultimate sacrifice
for the liberation of the Marianas.
Northern Mariana Islands
The Saipan Memorial is situated near the beach overlooking Tanapag Harbor on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is part of an American memorial park commemorating the American and Marianas dead in the Marianas Campaign of World War II.
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