World Battlefronts: GONE TO EARTH

Saipan's snipers were the meanest yet. In this cable, TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod tells how the marines went about one job of mopping up these fanatical, last-ditch fighters.

We had been inspecting four Jap tanks, which were still burning. One of the tankers' crisp, upraised hands stuck out of his turret as if in supplication to a power beyond his reach.

Then three of us sat down in a sacred park near by on the edge of a cement fence built around a pedestaled, steel-shelled Buddha which had suffered considerably from shell fragments—hits in the chest and behind the right ear. We opened...