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World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., poses at the New York State Military Museum on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944.

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World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., poses at the New York State Military Museum on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army’s 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japan’s largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. The division’s 105th Regiment saw more than 400 killed and 500 wounded during the attack by more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and sailors. The 27th was a former New York National Guard unit that still had many New Yorkers among its ranks when it landed on Saipan after the U.S. Marines made the initial beach assault on June 15, 1944.