Wednesday, May 25, 2011

General Smith Jeep Saipan

General Smith Jeep Saipan by lee.ekstrom
General Smith Jeep Saipan, a photo by lee.ekstrom on Flickr.
Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, United States Marine Corps.

Holding a M1 Carbine, Lt. Gen. Smith makes a tour of men an installations at a Saipan airport before leading the assault on Gaum.

Smith is pointing out an item of interest to the other officers in the Willys MB Jeep 4x4.

The photo was released for publication on 29 August 1944.

Note the spade and axe mounted on the Jeep vehicles side, below the driver's seat.

Photo #: NH 104259. Uploaded on Flickr by Lee Ekstrom.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.