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United States Marines Cover a Surrendering Okinawan

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An Okinawan civilian is flushed from a cave by a smoke grenade. Many Okinawans sought the refuge of caves in which they could hide while the tide of battle passed over them. Unfortunately, a large number of caves were sealed when Marines suspected that they were harboring the enemy. Also, since many Okinawans were conscripted into defense units and issued military-style clothing, it was difficult for the Americans to identify friend from foe. Estimates of Okinawan casualties run as high as 110,000. Today, there is controversy in Japan between Okinawan survivors and right-wing Japanese over whether civilians were pushed into suicide by anti-American propaganda. Right-wing Japanese deny the Okinawans were issued weapons to take their own lives, while witnesses report orders to kill themselves with grenades when the invasion started.
Image Filename wwii1340.jpg
Image Size 1.77 MB
Image Dimensions 3000 x 2224
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed April 01, 1945
State or Province Okinawa
Country Japan
Archive United States Marine Corps
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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