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        South Pacific: Okinawa | Ken Burns: The War

        View images taken on Okinawa during World War II. In the spring of 1945, allied forces arrived on Okinawa to take the island, which was considered a gateway to Japan. It would be the worst battle for the Pacific for the Americans in World War II, who suffered terrible losses there. By June, allied forces would take Okinawa, leaving 92,000 Japanese killed.

        Hospital Corpsmen Oversee the Dead on Okinawa | Ken Burns: The War

        Hospital corpsmen identify and fingerprint fallen Marines on Okinawa, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-140833).

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        Okinawa: Comfort | Ken Burns: The War

        One Marine consoles another during a break from the fighting on Okinawa. May, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-120281).

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        Marines on Okinawa | Ken Burns: The War

        Marines move through a ravaged Okinawan village, examining the body of a dead Japanese soldier as they pass. April, 1945. Credit: The Natioanl Archives (127-N-119485).

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        Okinawa: Carrying a Wounded Marine | Ken Burns: The War

        A wounded, stretcher-bound Marine is rushed from an Okinawa battlefield. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-119484).

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        Eugene Sledge on Okinawa | Ken Burns: The War

        Eugene Sledge in camp at Okinawa. Credit: The Sledge Family.

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        Okinawa: Respect | Ken Burns: The War

        A lone Marine crouches solemnly above a row of three covered American bodies on Okinawa. April 4, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-118262).

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        Respite on Okinawa | Ken Burns: The War

        After 62 days on Okinawa, Marines of the 22nd Regiment are finally relieved. June 2, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-GW-518-122835).

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        Okinawa: Fire in the Hole | Ken Burns: The War

        Marines use a satchel charge to take out a Japanese stronghold. Okinawa, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-87-A2-8).

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        Troops Pass on Okinawa on VE-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        Gis march in both directions down a wet Okinawa road. They are headed to and from the frontline on VE-Day. May 8, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-120183).

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        Braving Sniper Fire | Ken Burns: The War

        Completely exposed to enemy fire, a Marine dashes across a field on Okinawa. May, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-120562).

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        Marines View a Fallen Japanese Soldier | Ken Burns: The War

        Low tide off Okinawa, three Marines examine the partially submerged body of a Japanese soldier, May, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-120052).

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