Breaching the Marianas : the battle for Saipan by John C Chapin; United States. Marine Corps. History and

By John C Chapin; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division

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He gallantly gave his life for his country . " ergeant Grant Frederick Tim merman was born on 14 February 1919, in Americus, Kansas . "For conspicuous gallantry and intre pidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Tank Com mander serving with the Second Bat talion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, during action agains t enemy Japanese forces on Saipan , Marianas Islands, on 8 July 1944 . Ad vancing with his tank a few yard s ahead of the infantry in support of a vigorous attack on hostile positions , Sergeant Timmerman maintaine d steady fire from his antiaircraft sk y mount machine gun until progres s was impeded by a series of enem y trenches and pillboxes .

The gunners coul d not set their fuses fast enough, eve n when cut to four-tenths of a second, to stop the enemy right on top of them . So they lowered the muzzle s of their 105mm howitzers an d Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 84474 A Marine moves out to catch up with his unit after he has covered a dead comrade with a poncho liner and marked his position with his bayoneted rifle . spewed ricochet fire by bouncin g their shells off the foreground . Many of the other guns could no t fire at all, since Army troops ahea d of them were inextricably inter twined with the Japanese attackers .

H e served as a rifle platoon leader in the 24th Marines , 4th Marine Division, and was wounded in actio n during the assault landings on Roi-Namur an d Saipan . Transferred to duty at the Historical Division , Headquarters Marine Corps, he wrote the first officia l histories of the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions . Moving to reserve status at the end of World War II, he earned a master's degree in his tory at George Washington University with a thesis on The Marine Occupatio n of Haiti, 1915-1922 .

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