Saipan, Part 3

A private war memorial on the road to Ladder Beach.
 Aerial view of southern Saipan.
Agingan Point.  With no reef, the point is rocky and wave-battered.

Agingan Point.  Looking north, the large, ever-present "rapid-deployment" ships give a hint of what the huge American invasion force might have looked like here on June 15, 1944.  The Marianas campaign was overshadowed by the D-Day invasion in Europe, which began a little over a week earlier.  These battles rivaled D-Day in size and importance, but today few Americans have even heard of the Marianas.

Agingan Point.  The damage to this heavy concrete fortification shows the amount of naval firepower concentrated on any targets that could be identified along the invasion beaches. Many of the fortifications were so well disguised that they were never hit and are still in good condition over 60 years later.

In an interesting combination of development and preservation, several fortifications in Agingan have been incorporated into this golf course. 

Agingan Beach.  Many latte stones were quarried from the rough coral formations shown here.

Latte stone quarry. 

Latte stone site at Kagman.

Birds feeding in the surf off Agingan.
This road in Kagman is built over the old airfield runway. WWII shell casings.  These were returned to the spot they were found as it is illegal to take historical items. 
Micro Beach.  Concrete slabs on the edge of the water were probably part of the American facilities here.
American Memorial Park. The walks leading to the flag circle blend in with Beach Road beyond.
View of Garapan.  Taken from the old Japanese lighthouse on Navy Hill.
Saipan, Part 4
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