Civilian women and children on the island of Saipan emerge from a cave in which they had been hiding during the Battle of Saipan. The cave had been targeted by U.S. forces, believing it to have been used by Japanese holdouts. Hidden civilian shelters were located virtually everywhere on the island, with very little difference noticeable between them and Japanese bunkers to U.S. Marines. aipan, Northern Mariana Islands. July 1944.