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Japanese Prisoner on Namur

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A Japanese soldier (or Korean laborer), stripped naked to search for hidden grenades, is covered by infantry of the Fourth Marine Division. The Fourth Marine Division suffered a total of 737 casualties on Roi-Namur, including 190 killed, while estimated enemy losses totaled 3,472 dead, with 40 Korean laborers and 51 Japanese captured. Of the 8,782 Japanese personnel deployed to Kwajalein atoll (including Korean laborers), only 2,200 were estimated to be combat trained. Nevertheless, Japanese resistance was strong and resilient, despite being outnumbered by tens of thousands of American troops. By the end of the battle 373 Americans, 7,870 Japanese and Koreans, and an estimated 200 Marshallese were killed. Kwajalein was one of the few locations in the Pacific war where Islanders were killed while actually fighting for the Japanese. On February 6, 1944, Kwajalein Atoll was claimed by the United States and liberated from Japanese rule.
Image Filename wwii1254.jpg
Image Size 2.17 MB
Image Dimensions 2931 x 2782
Photographer Fabian, John
Photographer Title Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed February 02, 1944
Location Namur
City Roi-Namur
State or Province Kwajalein
Country Marshalls
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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