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77th Division on Okinawa Listens to News of German Surrender

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Soldiers of the United States Army‘s 77th Infantry Division listens to reports of the German surrender. The Western European GIs were going home; the grim expressions reflect the realization that they still had hard fighting ahead. Both the 77th and Seventh Divisions had hard slow fighting in the center of Okinawa. The 77th Division was repelling an attack by the Imperial Japanese Army‘s 32nd Regiment. The Seventh Division was also attacked by the Imperial Japanese Army‘s 2Fourth Division. By noon of May 5, 1945, there was apprehension at the 17th Infantry Regiment, Seventh Division, command post, which had not fully appreciated the strength of the infiltration. From a hill near the command post Lt. Col. Albert V. Hard, executive officer, could plainly see several Japanese soldiers 600 yards away on Tanabaru Escarpment. The Japanese were in turn watching American activity. Lying on his stomach, Colonel Hard fired some shots from an M1 at the Japanese to neutralize them. While he was so engaged, a soldier ran up with a radio report that the German armies had surrendered. “Well now,“ Hard said, “if we just had the Japs off the escarpment we‘d be all right, wouldn‘t we?“
Image Filename wwii1127.jpg
Image Size 130.52 KB
Image Dimensions 604 x 480
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title United States Signal Corps
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed May 08, 1945
Location Route 5
City Okinawa
State or Province Ryukyus
Country Japan
Archive National Park Service
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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