Eye Witness Account to Okinawa

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This story was contributed by fellow blogger, Mike Tuggle, in tribute to his father, who sailed his final voyage this past Saturday.

My account of the Invasion of Okinawa

By:  Clayton C. Tuggle

I was one of the approximately twelve hundred men aboard the USS Birmingham CL-62. We set out for Okinawa in March, 1945.

Clayton Tuggle

Arriving in Okinawa, we were stationed about five miles from shore. We bombarded the island with 6-inch guns at night hitting several ammunition dumps and shore guns of several sizes. This went on until the invasion began on April 1, 1945. This battle was something entirely different from any the Navy had experienced. Torpedoes were exploding all around our ship, the skies were full of explosions from guns on both sides.

On the 5th of May, 1945, I was cleaning officers’ quarters when the captain [John Wilkes] came on the PA system…

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6 thoughts on “Eye Witness Account to Okinawa”

    1. LA Times has a story today about a Marine who recently “came” home from Tarawa – DNA testing program ld to him being found. Also have a friend who works with military connecting families from WWII, Korean wars who were lost.

    2. I often check in with the DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. If you see a KIA from WWII or Korea in my Farewell Salutes, the information came from them. DNA sequencing has done wonders for giving many military families the closure they deserve.

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