By John C Chapin; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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His superb valor and unfaltering devotion to duty throughout reflect th e highest credit upon himself and upo n the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country . " ergeant Grant Frederick Tim merman was born on 14 February 1919, in Americus, Kansas . "For conspicuous gallantry and intre pidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Tank Com mander serving with the Second Bat talion, Sixth Marines, Second Marine Division, during action agains t enemy Japanese forces on Saipan , Marianas Islands, on 8 July 1944 .
Bullets whiz around us , screams are deafening, th e area reeks with death, and the smell of laps and gunpowde r permeate the air . Full of fea r and hate, with the desire t o kill . . [Our enemy seems t o us now to be] a savage animal, a beast, a devil, not a human at all, and the onl y thought is to kill, kill, kill . . Finally it ends . This was the wild chaos tha t General Smith predicted as th e final convulsive effort of the Japan - ese . And it came indeed in th e early morning hours of 7 Jul y (D+22), the climactic moment o f the battle for Saipan .
Together with th e 4th Marine Division, they swep t north towards the end of the island . Along the coast there wer e bizarre spectacles that presaged a macabre ending to the campaign . The official Marine history pictured the scene : The enemy pocketed in the area had destroyed themselve s in suicidal rushes from th e high cliffs to the rocky beach below. Many were observed , along with hundreds of civilians, wading out into the se a and permitting themselves t o be drowned . Others committed hara-kiri with knives, o r killed themselves wit h grenades .