By 10 June, the Marines had captured Yuza Hill. The 10th US Army suffered severe casualties before they and the USMC advanced to Kunishi Ridge, the western anchor of the Japanese defense; a massive fortress.
Gen. Buckner had been sending messages to Gen. Ushijima, urging him to surrender. So, when over a dozen Japanese wearing white hats appeared, the Marines assumed they were surrendering and they ceased operations. Shortly after the enemy soldiers ran, a mortar barrage began.
By morning, the Americans had a foothold on the ridge, but reinforcements were cut down when they tried to advance. Nine tanks were used to deliver 54 fresh men and supplies, but returned with 22 wounded. As the battle for Kunishi raged on, the tanks opened a road to continue supplying the Americans.
By 16 June, the US 96th…
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