Saturday, March 22, 2014

More Faces from Okinawa

These photos are part of the collection of Lt. Reinhart T. Kowallis taken in 1945 while he was stationed on Okinawa and working as the leader of a photo interpretation team assigned to the 10th Army. Most of these photos have no names, some have dates and short comments on the back.

Captain Mac Jurry talking to some native Okinawan boys (July 1945).

 Young Okinawan girls carrying babies (July 1945).


 Curious native Okinawan boys watching the soldiers of the 10th Army encampment (July 1945).

 More of the boys hanging around the army camp in July 1945.

Two young Okinawan boys.

Okinawan boys in the 10th Army camp (July 1945).

 An Okinawan woman and her son.

Typical load of wood carried by Okinawan woman.

 Traveling the road with their loads of wood are a number of Okinawan women who seemed to do most of the work, at least the work of carrying heavy loads on their heads (July 1945).

Full baskets atop these women's heads. No indication on the photo what the women were carrying (July 1945).

Okinawan cart driven by native man with boy riding on the back.

This native woman and her two children seen in these two photos were found hiding in a cave to avoid the war raging around them (June 1945).


You can read more about the Battle of Okinawa on Wikipedia, PBS.org, and History.com.
Other good sites for information on the Battle of Okinawa during 1945 include:
And for post-war Okinawa, this is a very good site with lots of pictures from 1945 through 1972: Remembering Okinawa

[Note: Be sure to visit my earlier blogs on the people of Okinawa, casualties of war, capture of a Japanese soldier, LDS servicemen and women in Okinawa, and Shuri Castle.]

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing that history.

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  2. You're welcome, Colleen. It's been fun to go through my dad's old photos.

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