In 1944 Jim Radford was a 15 year old ‘galley boy’ serving with the Merchant Navy on the Empire.
The Deadly Surprise That Awaited U.S. Troops on Saipan
As U.S. troops stormed Saipan in 1944, it soon became clear that the enemy was well prepared to inflict a mortal blow.
From The Pacific War in Color: The Enemy Underground http://bit.ly/2lTL1cq