Japanese night raiders are greeted with a lacework of anti-aircraft fire by the Marine defenders of Yontan airfield, on Okinawa. In the foreground are Marine Corsair fighter planes of the “Hell’s Belles’ squadron. 1945.
Marine First Lieutenant Hart H. Spiegal of Topeka, Kansas, tries to communicate using sign language with two tiny Japanese soldiers captured on Okinawa. The boy on the left claimed to be “18” while his companion boasts “20” years, 17 June 1945.
I love wearing this uniform. I love the thought that once it’s all said and done I will still be known as a Marine… Regardless of anything I choose to do in the future. It’s engraved in me, and you can tell my work ethic, the way I walk, talk and present myself. Never in my life did I think I would be where I am now. I graduated at 16 with honors. I had a scholarship, got accepted to many schools that I liked, but I decided to take another route. I joined the day after my 17 birthday. I’m currently stationed in Okinawa. I’m 18 and I’m a E-3. I’m blessed. I couldn’t ask for more. I love my life and I love putting this uniform on everyday and doing my job to help protect my people and our country. ✊🏽
“U.S. invasion forces establish a beachhead on Okinawa island, about 350 miles from the Japanese mainland, on April 13. 1945. Pouring out war supplies and military equipment, the landing crafts fill the sea to the horizon, in the distance, battleships of the U.S. fleet.”
“Perched on the rim of a gaping hole in the wall of a theater in the Ryukyu capital, a Marine rifleman views the result of the American bombardment of Naha, Okinawa, Japan, on June 13, 1945. Structure skeletons are all that remain of the city with a pre-invasion population of 443,000 people.”
A bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Headquarters Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. fires an M249 squad automatic weapon May 8, 2014, in the Central Training Area, during a quarterly Marine Corps common skills training evolution. Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan.
U.S. Marines with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct an amphibious assault with soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) as part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, April 28, 2015. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/ released)
Firing line of 1st Division U.S. Marines engages the Japanese defenses in the broken ground southeast of the Machinato airfield - Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. (From the Division of Public Information, USMC)