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"In letters to home, [Bob Green] writes poignantly of war and remembrance, homesickness and fear, and, ultimately, triumph." — The Alcalde, University of Texas Alumni Publication
|"The American invasion of Okinawa involved the greatest armada of combined naval and land power in the Pacific War. This savage fight, less well known than Iwo Jima where far fewer died, is one of the most important battles in history. Protected by 100,000 crack Japanese troops, trained and willing to make a suicidal sacrifice in its defense, Okinawa challenged all preconceived ideas of warfare. Frighteningly, we face those same far-reaching principles of suicide attack today, reminding us that the supposedly far superior infrastructure of the West is, indeed, vulnerable." -†Victor Davis Hanson, author of Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think
Upon the 60th anniversary of the Battle for Okinawa comes this remembering of the Tenth Army of the Pacific Theatre campaign, recounted by Bob Green, then a 20-year-old Second Lieutenant of the 763d Tank Battalion attached to the 96th Infantry Division. The invasion, launched on April Fool's Day/Easter Sunday, 1945, began the last major battle of World War II, fought as war in Europe ended and President Roosevelt died. Three months later, the Okinawa arena was declared secure, at sobering sacrifice by the 1st, 2d and 6th Marine Divisions and the 96th, 7th, 77th and 27th Army Divisions under the command of General Simon Bolivar Buckner, and by the Pacific Fleet commanded by Admiral "Bull" Halsey.
Noted Texas historian BOB GREEN resides on the Green Ranch northeast of Albany, Texas, where his pioneer father first settled in 1881. Recipient of the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars, Green saw action in the invasions of both Leyte and Okinawa.