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Thread: Battle of Okinawa
03-24-11, 02:10 AM #1
Battle of Okinawa
Today, thousands of marines and their families are stationed in Okinawa, Japan yet many have no idea of the sacrifices made by marines to secure that island in what would be one of the last major battles of World War II.
To post a history of the battle would be rather meaningless, you can find a pretty detailed summary by looking it up on wikipedia. But, having lived in Okinawa I would encourage you to explore these battle grounds that you may not even be aware of.
Some of them:
Kakazu Ridge Park- This ridge looks like any other in Okinawa, but go there with a headlamp, some back up flash lights, and even possibly a machete. The ridge is spotted all over with coral caves carved out by entrenched Japanese troops that really throw you into history. Edward J. Moskala (US-Army) was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions here.
Sugarloaf Hill- Situated in Naha, this hill was the site of a violent tug-o-war between U.S. Marines and the Japanese defenders. Hundreds of casualties were inflicted here on both sides taking this seemingly unimportant hill.
There are many others, I think it would be neat for people who know of battle sites to post what they know. Okinawa doesn't have to be a boring duty station, and you can have lots of fun while paying homage to the men we lost there.
03-24-11, 05:51 PM #2
Have you been to the Cave of the Virgins? You should hear that story.
03-24-11, 08:41 PM #3
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03-25-11, 05:52 AM #5
We hit Okinawa on Easter Sunday April 1, 1945 at Yontan Airfield, without much opposition. We advanced up the northern part of the island. When the interior part of Okinawa was secure, we went south to Naha. We got on landing crafts and came across the water and hit the Japs from behind the Oroku Peninsula. From there we went down to the southern tip of Okinawa, south of Naha. We lived on rations.
03-25-11, 07:41 AM #6
Lucas Dont Forget The Yougest Medal Of Honor Winner Was A Navy Corpman Who Was Going On 18 He Was John Bush . For His Heroic Actions In Okinowa
Stephen Doc Hansen Hm3 Fmf
03-25-11, 07:48 AM #7
Doc I think that might have been Bob Bush
BUSH, ROBERT EUGENE
Rank: Hospital Apprentice First Class
Organization: U.S. Navy
Company: 2d Battalion
Division: 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Born: 4 October 1926, Tacoma, Wash.
Entered Service At: Washington
Date of Issue:
Place / Date: Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945. Fearlessly braving the fury of artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire from strongly entrenched hostile positions, Bush constantly and unhesitatingly moved from 1 casualty to another to attend the wounded falling under the enemy's murderous barrages. As the attack passed over a ridge top, Bush was advancing to administer blood plasma to a marine officer Iying wounded on the skyline when the Japanese launched a savage counterattack. In this perilously exposed position, he resolutely maintained the flow of life-giving plasma. With the bottle held high in 1 hand, Bush drew his pistol with the other and fired into the enemy's ranks until his ammunition was expended. Quickly seizing a discarded carbine, he trained his fire on the Japanese charging pointblank over the hill, accounting for 6 of the enemy despite his own serious wounds and the loss of 1 eye suffered during his desperate battle in defense of the helpless man. With the hostile force finally routed, he calmly disregarded his own critical condition to complete his mission, valiantly refusing medical treatment for himself until his officer patient had been evacuated, and collapsing only after attempting to walk to the battle aid station. His daring initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in service of others reflect great credit upon Bush and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
03-25-11, 07:50 AM #8
My dad was there but in the Army he died when I was 4 so never got to hear anything about it
03-25-11, 08:45 AM #9
yes sir thankyou I JUST FOUND OUT HE WAS 18Y/O. THANK YOU SIR APPRECIATED
FAIR WINDS SIR
stephen doc hansen HM3 fmf
03-26-11, 05:59 PM #10
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03-28-11, 09:27 AM #14
I Am Honored And Privilege To Know You Ray. Thank You For Your Sevice There.
Semper Fi And Godbless You Sir
Stephen Doc Hansen Hm3 Fmf
03-28-11, 09:52 AM #15
This Battle is one which will always be in Marine History for many reason but one is it was the first time a Marine General Commanded a Army.
General Roy Stanley Geiger (January 25, 1885–January 23, 1947) was a United States Marine Corps General who, during World War II, became the first Marine to lead an army. The Tenth United States Army. and a Air Winger to boot
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