Invasion Day0830 hrs, two Army and two Marine divisions approached the Beaches of Okinawa.
0900 hrs, 16,000 Army soldiers and Marines begin to land on Okinawa's Beaches.
Silent BeachNo Japanese in sight.
Only casualties were from Japanese snippers.
All Americans were lulled into a false sense of security.
Okinawa NativesNatives were turning themselves in because they were trying to get away from the Japanese, who had treated them horribly.
They all saught refuge.
The MistakeNatives who had escaped from the Japenese during the night, mistakenly walked into the US lines.
US soldiers shot and killed many civilians because they thought they were under attack.
Many natives were killed.
KamikazesOver 1,900 Kamikazes made the Battle of Okinawa the United States heaviest number of casualties in any single Battles of war.
3,000 Japenese pilots died off in Okinawa.
Kamikazes had started in the beginning of the war and did not end until the day after the Japanese had unconditionally surrendered.
CasualtiesUs lost 4,907 sailors, with 4,874 wounded
Us lost 36 ships, with 368 damaged
Japs lost 3,000 pilots
also many Okinawa Natives were mistakenly killed
Battle of Okinawa (Operation Iceberg)The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945.