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This edition of our Oral History Spotlight brings attention to Manual Sablan, who was born on Saipan and became a messenger for Japanese troops while they occupied the island. June 15th marked the 76th anniversary of the U.S. landings at Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The struggle to capture that island would not end until July 9 at a cost of more than 32,000 lives on both sides of the fighting. Mr. Salban sat down with an interviewer from the NMPW during 1997 to describe his experiences on the island of Saipan before, during and after the U.S. landings on the island in 1944. Much of his conversation informs us why the fight for this strategically important island was unforgettable for all who there. To hear Mr. Sablan recount those experiences please have a listen to his interview in our digital repository here: