Okinawa 75 years ago

Pacific Paratrooper

Front page of Stars and Stripes, 22 May 1945


Stars and Stripes presents these archive reports as they were written by the reporters in the field. The graphic and politically incorrect language used may be offensive to some readers.

Editor’s Note: A fortnight ago Bill Land, one of our battlefront reporters, learned that he was a father. Back to us by radio came this story of Oki’s orphans. Unable to go home to see his own daughter in Baton Rouge, La., Bill let himself go on Oki’s orphans – being left to die by the Sons of Heaven. But the GIs wouldn’t let the kids die… 

Front page, 15 May 1945

OKINAWA – Here’s a story you could call “The Children’s Hour.” Ever since I got that radio about my new baby daughter I’ve had in mind writing a…

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5 thoughts on “Okinawa 75 years ago”

    1. You are welcome – born in ’44 so the stories remind me of growing up hearing these stories first hand plus my departed father-in-law was a CBI veteran Army supply with mules mostly in, then, Burma.

    2. Whoa, he sure had a rough haul!!
      I apologize if I’ve forgotten, but have you made any posts with his stories?

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