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Multimedia exhibit to feature declassified war photos, footage

RARE World War II photographs and footage will be part of a multimedia exhibit that will start on June 12 at American Memorial Park on Saipan as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian.

A project of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, the exhibit will also be shown on Rota and Tinian after July 4.

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Northern Marianas Humanities Council project officer Farah Younis talks about the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian photo and footage exhibit during the club’s meeting on Tuesday at the Giovanni’s Restaurant of Hyatt Regency Saipan.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

“None of the footage or photos have been seen before,” Humanities Council program officer Farah Younis told the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday.

“They were declassified about 15 to 20 years ago,” she added.

The photographs and footage were taken by U.S. Marine Corps and Army Signal Corps camera operators during the Battles of Saipan and Tinian, she said.

Many of the images were classified and restricted for decades until they become publicly available at the National Archives and Research Administration in College Park, Maryland, she said.

The photos include those taken at Camp Chalan Kanoa where Chamorros and Carolinians were provided emergency shelter and food by the U.S. military.

For more information, call the Northern Marianas Humanities Council at 235-4785, -87, or -89, email, go to or its Facebook page @670humanities.