CAMP HANSEN, Japan – On June 15, 1944, during World War II, the United States Marines, supported by the Army, landed on the beaches of Saipan. The Allied forces spent more than three weeks liberating the island from the Japanese.
More than 70 years later, the significance of that battle and the men who fought there continues to inspire a new generation who fill our ranks today.
Lance Cpl. Vincent T. Mareham was born and raised in a small village named Chalan Kanoa on the island of Saipan. His family of six lived just 100 yards off the coast in a three-bedroom house, making for a cramped living space.
From the start, life for his family was difficult, working hard for everything they had. Like a lot of the population in Saipan, Mareham fished for many of his meals. Continue reading