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The Greatest Marine of WWII? June 28, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Greatest Marine of WWII?

Guy Gabaldon was perhaps the most remarkable American Marine of the ‘greatest generation’, a man who went to the grave, in 2006, with the knowledge that he had saved hundreds of lives, most of them Japanese soldiers and civilians, toying with or in some cases literally running towards suicide (cliffs). If this introduction suggests a […]

Suicide at Saipan: How Many? September 29, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Suicide at Saipan: How Many?

The most famous act of mass suicide in the twentieth century, are probably the extraordinary deaths that followed on the fall of Nazi Germany and the Jones Town massacre. However, one localised example from the Second World War in Asia trumps both of these in horror and intensity. Though not a ‘home’ island, Saipan had […]