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.






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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great movie, Eric,
time is frozen on Saipan!

EW Johnson said...

Thanks.

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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Paul Jantzen said...

Hi Eric: Found your blog today and had to add some comments. In the mid 1950's, my Dad was stationed on Saipan for about 15 months. I was High School aged - but we didn't have a High School for me at the time. Took correspondence courses for sophomore and junior years. The rest of the day - I had to play golf on the course that was built by the Japanese prisoners of war on the flanks of Mt. Topochau (sp?) in the midst of the sugar cane fields. The native population of the Island was 1800 and the Navy population was 80. We had NO paved roads, crushed coral was the road bed of choice. We lived in Quonset huts right on the beach that you pictured in you video of the Sherman Tank. In fact, my friends and I floated a plank out to the tank, placed it in the open turret, and used it as a diving board. There was a crater next to the tank (south side I think) that we used as our diving hole. Saipan and it's people hold a special place in my memory and heart! Thanks for posting the pictures!!
Paul, Seattle, WA 11/21/2017