View Full Version : Just got the latest issue of Leatherneck

07-07-02, 10:04 AM
And I was reading the "Letter of the month". And in it a reader was talking about the Battle for Okinawa. This is a piece of that article.
"The landing on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, was larger then the landing in Normandy. From the time the first wave hit the beach until sundown, 60,000 men and their equipment went ashore. The accomplishments of the 6th MARDIV alone are worth noting: We had 8,227 killed or wounded, which resulted in the capture of more then two-thirds of Okinawa and the control of 5 airfields, two seaplane bases, and three anchorages. In exchange, the 6th MARDIV killed more then 18,000 Japanese troops. The Army, Navy.and Marine Corps for the Okinawa campaign suffered 7,374 killed, 31,807 wounded and 239 missing. 36 U.S. ships were sunk, 368 were damaged and 763 aircraft were lost. The Navy had 4,907 seamen killed and 4,824 wounded. The Japanese lost more than in any previous Pacific battle: 7,830 planes, 16 combat ships, 107,539 counted dead, 23,764 sealed in caves and 10,755 taken prisoner".
I was stationed in Okinawa and had been to some of the Battlefields and have read a lot about the "Battle for Okinawa" and I am just in awe at what those men did to achieve victory. Kind of makes you wonder if the U.S. would accept those kinds of losses today...and this was only ONE battle

07-07-02, 10:15 AM
Got mine in the mail yesterday, will enjoy it this afternoon.

Reading about the letter describing the Battle for Okinawa makes me realize how fortunate America has been in battle.

The American fighting spirit has certainly been blessed from above. A just cause and a determined effort to set right what has been wronged has been our guiding light throughout history.

May the battle we fight in the future reflect that same courageous spirit.

"Ní Théann urraim thar dhoirteadh fola"

07-07-02, 10:42 AM
I agree with you about the American fighting spirit and Im sure those in todays uniform will have that same couragous spirit.

And as far as my qoute of" Ní Théann urraim thar dhoirteadh fola" Well I see you are a fan of a fellow Scotsman.. William Wallace. "Ní Théann urraim thar dhoirteadh fola"is a saying in Gaelic which means ..Reverence ceases once blood is spilt. I have been doing some family research and it seems as though my ancestors had fought with William Wallace.

07-07-02, 01:40 PM
read that letter, oki was hell! don't wanna take anything away from the D-DAY vets, but [I]every landind our Marines made was a D-DAY!