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Last few US survivors of bloody WWII attack on Saipan recall Pacific's largest 'banzai' charge

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    World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., poses at the New York State Military Museum on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (The Associated Press)

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    World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., looks at a display at the New York State Military Museum on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (The Associated Press)

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    World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., looks old photographs from his time in the service at the New York State Military Museum on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (The Associated Press)

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    World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., points to himself in a 1940 photograph with his unit at the New York State Military Museum on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (The Associated Press)

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    This photo provided by Bob Dial shows World War II veterans Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux, left, and John Sidur, both of Cohoes, N.Y., at a presentation on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan at the New York State Military Museum on June 7, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Both served on Saipan with the U.S. Army’s 27th Infantry Division, 105th Infantry Regiment. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Bob Dial) (The Associated Press)

One of the bloodiest attacks in the Pacific during World War II is being remembered by the dwindling number of American veterans who survived the Japanese onslaught 70 years ago.

The Army's 27th Infantry Division bore the brunt of Japan's largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division's 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors.

The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit. It landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944.

Scores of New Yorkers in the 27th Division died at Saipan, many of them during the July 7 attack.

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