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"I had feedback from Saipan afterwards… You know, nightmares and stuff come back on you from What you hear and see." (Video Interview, Part 1, 16:40)

   Norman Lee Brown
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Norman L. Brown [1943]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: V Amphibious Corps; 10th Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Division
Service Location: Tarawa Atoll (Gilbert Islands); Guam (Mariana Islands); Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands); Iwo Jima
Rank: Private First Class
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Marine Private Norman Brown was in on most of the major island invasions during the battle of control of the Pacific Theater in World War II. In his recollection, the landing on Tarawa was the toughest, the fighting after he landed on Iwo Jima was the worst, but Saipan might have been the most intense experience of all, especially since his buddy Elmer was killed there. Brown admits in his oral history interview that Saipan gave him nightmares for years afterwards.

Interview (Video)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (5 items)
Landing on Saipan, which was not as difficult as landing on Tarawa; it was "normal tit for tat fighting," but the experiences on Saipan gave him nightmares. (02:50) Sent into the invasion of Tarawa as a replacement. (03:34) Running low on supplies. (01:21)
Invasion of Iwo Jima. (02:34) Close call with a Japanese artillery shell. (02:12) 
 Official Documents (6 items)
Honorable Discharge papers. Order to Report for Induction. [February 3, 1943]. Board of Civil Service Examiners, Form LB-105B
Mustering Out Payment, Nav S & A Form 550. Certificate of eligibility for Loan Guaranty Benefits. Discharge papers.

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