Historic WWII photos of Saipan unearthed

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Recently discovered rare Kodachrome slides taken on a remote Pacific Island during World War II will lead Gregg Hagley of Grand Rapids and his two sons on a historic journey.

Staff Sergeant Raymond H. Hagley of the 73rd Bombardment Wing of the 20th Air Force took the slide photos while stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in 1944/1945. Before Hagley passed away in January 1991, he gave the slides to his son, Gregg Hagley. “I knew they were special, just how special I wasn't sure until recently,” Hagley said.

The fully restored slides are remarkable in color, content, and composition. They show details of the island rarely seen by historians. Kodachrome slide film was not widely used during World War II.

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