- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Military Museum is hosting a presentation on a World War II battle fought on a Pacific island where a New York National Guard unit suffered heavy casualties.

New York’s 27th Infantry Division was activated in October 1940. There were still many New Yorkers among its ranks when the division went into combat in 1943.

At the Battle of Saipan on July 7, July 1944, the 27th Division’s 105th Regiment was hit by Japan’s largest mass suicide attack of the war.

More than 900 soldiers in the 105th were killed or wounded and some 4,300 of the enemy died. Many of the American casualties hailed from the Albany area.

On Saturday afternoon, retired Army National Guard Lt. Col. Paul Fanning will give a free talk on the battle and the 27th Division’s exploits.

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