The Press: Portable War

The scene was like many U.S. countrysides in summer—except for the bananas ripening and the big black beans on the low-spreading trees. The lazy day was sunny; the air was warm. A cock crew. Chickens sputtered. A voice sarcastically admonished somebody headed the wrong way: "Where you goin'?" Then the artillery let go.

This was Saipan, as recorded by Lieut. Loyal ("Larry") B. Hays and Technical Sergeant Keene Hepburn of the U.S. Marines. After 13 days there, they were back in the U.S. last week, editing 15 to 20 hours of the best portable wire and disc recordings of battle action made...

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