But it was not just the Americans who suffered great loss. The Japanese soldiers on the island were wounded and died as well. These photos from my father's collection haunt me as I wonder about the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and perhaps wives and children of these men. You can read more about the Battle of Okinawa on Wikipedia, PBS.org, and History.com.
Lieutenants Martinsen (left) and Kowallis (right) outside their quarters on Okinawa in 1945.
Other good sites for information on the Battle of Okinawa during 1945 include:
- The Hawai'i Nisei Story site
- History.net's site
- MilitaryHistory.com's site
- US Army Center for Military History site
- Marines in World War II Commemorative site
[Note: Be sure to visit my earlier blogs on the people of Okinawa and Shuri Castle.]