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WWII Battle of Okinawa Remembered as Costly Key to Victory

In Okinawa, the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to American led forces in World War II still stirs painful memories for survivors. It also offers key insight into why many claim that the brutal Battle of Okinawa led to the use of atomic weapons on Japanese cites. The invasion of Okinawa was the last and largest of the Pacific island battles of World War II. It included an American naval armada of over a thousand ships and over 170,000 American troops. The Japanese forces...

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