The Saipan casualty toll was stunning:
|Japanese known dead:||23, 811|
|Japanese dead in caves:||"Uncounted thousands"|
|Japanese Prisoners of war:||298|
|Korean Prisoners of war:||438|
|Americans wounded in action:||13,061|
|Americans killed in action:||3,225|
|Americans missing in action:||326|
General Holland Smith declared that the victory on Saipan "opened the way to the home islands." The famous Japanese General Saito had observed (scroll down 95%) that "the fate of the Empire will be decided in this one action."
As key participants in the Allied effort, the Navajo code talkers played a fundamental role in causing another Japanese admiral to observe:
Our war was lost with the loss of Saipan.
Despite such sentiments, ferocious battles - like those at Peleliu (the horrors of which Eugene Sledge describes in his book, With the Old Breed), Iwo Jima and Okinawa - continued in the Pacific for another year.