A bird’s eye view of Okinawa 1945. Of interest to us over 80’s.
As I pulled out the letters for this weekend’s post from my 1945-1946 binder, I discovered that there were several letters out of chronological order. These letters shed some more light on the situation during the last days of the war on Okinawa, so I have decided to post them out of order.
There is no salutation or date on this letter.
On Thursday afternoon, June 21st at 1500 Okinawa time, the Island was officially declared as being secure. All organized Jap resistance had ceased, and only the mopping-up of the island was left to be done – at the South end of the Island but there were still snipers – hiding in the caves – harassing the victorious American forces.
At 1000 Friday morning, in the Tenth Army HQ. Area, Old Glory was raised on a beautiful tall, white flagpole. A Marine division band played a few selections before…
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