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VOX POPULI: Recalling Battle of Okinawa via the stark account of a U.S. Marine

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23.06.2022

More than 200,000 people perished in the Battle of Okinawa, and the name of each person is engraved on "Heiwa no Ishiji" (the Cornerstone of Peace) in the Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa Prefecture.

Erected on Mabuni Hill in the city of Itoman to honor all victims regardless of their nationality, the monument includes the names of more than 14,000 U.S. soldiers.

They were young Americans who either volunteered for service or were drafted and ended up in Okinawa.

Eugene B. Sledge (1923-2001), a U.S. Marine who survived the battle, chronicled his experiences in his 1981 memoir, "With the Old Breed:........

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