USS John Land joined TG 52.15 (attack group) during a brief provisioning stop at Eniwetok on 9-10 June, but was then transferred to TG 52.9 (demonstration group) while en route to Saipan. Arriving off Saipan early on 15 June, the transport helped conduct a feint landing off Garapan that day before sending her boats to assist Calvert (AP-65) and Fuller (AP-14) unload their assault troops. At 1621 that afternoon, six John Land LCMs carried her first passengers ashore, a weapons company of the 24th Marines. Her guns then helped fend off an evening raid by Japanese aircraft. As the main landing progressed, the ship continued operations in the transport area, assisting other ships and unloading troops as called for on 16-17 June. Late on the 17th the transports retired northeast of Saipan as a Japanese carrier task force closed to contest the landings, ultimately fighting and losing a two-day battle against American forces in the Philippine Sea on 18-19 June. John Land returned to the now safe transport area to unload cargo on 23 June, a task completed three days later. During the latter stages off the island the transport received 93 casualties from the beach, many directed to her as hospital ships Relief (AH-1) and Samaritan (AH-10) were full of wounded and had turned away boats.
After retiring from the island on the evening of the 26th, John Land arrived at Eniwetok on 30 June.
This excerpt above regarding the activity of the USS John Land is from the DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER, dictionary of American Fighting Naval Ships
H. Romieux, SK1c,USNR
USS John Land
c/o FPO San Francisco
Mary Garner, SK2c USNR
U.S. Naval Air Station
Minneapolis, Minn. (6)
Received several of your letters the past couple days also the snaps. Thanks, I always look forward to your newsy letters- keep up the good work. It really helps my morale or something.
Too bad you are having trouble with the University again hope by now it has cleared up and all is working smoothly. Yes I too miss our conversations about everything and once in a while business!
Is your land lady still trying to convert you? Well Mary, there really isn't much to write about except I do miss you a lot. If ever I do get a leave I sure intend to make tracks for MNPLS-because I kind of like that place and hope to see you still there.
The sooner this damn war is over and I can get back to the good old days will make me very happy.
Is Edwards still out there, say hello to her if she is. I have not received that letter from her yet.
take good care of yourself and drop me a line often.