More than a movie - the Battle of Okinawa in 26 Images
One of the most popular movies of 2016 was Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” the story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who refused to carry a firearm into combat but received the Medal of Honor.
The Battle of Hacksaw Ridge was a huge part of the war in the Pacific, but what the movie didn’t show was the even larger battle: for Okinawa.
This is what our boys went through – HIT NEXT to see the actual photos from the battle…
Okinawa is small compared to the main Japanese landmass. Today it’s population is nearly 1.5 million, and it’s home to a huge U.S. military presence – over 30 bases and until recently, nearly 30,000 U.S. troops.
Many historians believe that the incredible loss of life, due in large party to the ferocity and defense tactics of the Japanese, were the reason President Truman decided to use the atomic bomb rather than invade the Japanese home islands.
Indeed, by the time Okinawa was pacified, the end of the war was right on the horizon.