Friday, April 01, 2005

The Battle of Okinawa -- April 1, 1945

Today is the 60th anniversary of the invasion of the Island of Okinawa, which my old man participated in as a member of the Striking Sixth Marines.

HOO RAH POP!! Go to the Legion today and lift one on me (I'll catch up with you).

Some Okinawa Facts: ." Global Security.Org

"Okinawa was the largest amphibious invasion of the Pacific campaign and the last major campaign of the Pacific War. More ships were used, more troops put ashore, more supplies transported, more bombs dropped, more naval guns fired against shore targets than any other operation in the Pacific.

More people died during the Battle of Okinawa than all those killed during the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Casualties totaled more than 38,000 Americans wounded and 12,000 killed or missing, more than 107,000 Japanese and Okinawan conscripts killed, and perhaps 100,000 Okinawan civilians who perished in the battle."
The battle also was the most costly the Navy has ever fought.

Semper Fi Old Man.


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