More than a movie - the Battle of Okinawa in 26 Images
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” has become an instant classic – 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 part of the larger battle for Okinawa.
While heroes like Doss made it home, as we pass Memorial Day and the anniversary of D-Day, we reflect on those heroes who didn’t make it back, and gave everything for America.
This was Hell on Earth – 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.