Sherman Tanks

The first day of the Battle of Saipan in WWII thousands of Marines came to shore at this spot as well as 13 Sherman tanks. The tanks were dropped off at the reef and were suppose to drive through the water to the beach. Four of the tanks drove into a hole that was a little too deep and are still there nearly 70 years later.

This tank requires a 10 minute walk or swim.

The water was so calm, clear, and warm.

The turret of this tank was turned to the right pointing at a small peninsula of the beach. I wonder if it was firing as it drove or perhaps continued to fire after it got stuck.

Colorful coral has started growing outside the tank.

The fish were very friendly. They have become use to people having their lunch on the tank and sharing some with the fish.

There are fish living inside the tank as well.




Anonymous said...

Great movie, Eric,
time is frozen on Saipan!

EW Johnson said...


chris m said...

Where are the three other tanks located?

EW Johnson said...

Hi Chris, the others are in the same area but further out. The furthest tank is on the reef but the turret has been removed, most likely for parts or recycled onto another tank.

chris m said...

Well I have to say EW, your knowledge of what happened on Saipan in WW2 is really complete. I enjoyed exploring your blog to the fullest and am looking forward for more! Thank you for sharing your experiences.

EW Johnson said...

Thanks Chris. I'm glad you like it.

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