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Landing at Okinawa: A First-Hand Account

Episode Summary

Among the U.S. Naval Academy Museum's collection of 60,000 paintings, artifacts, and manuscripts are recordings. Several years ago, the Museum transferred two pallets of records from the 1930s and 1940s to the Library of Congress' Sound Division. In return, they digitized several records that were of interest to us. This episode is a series of reports on March 31 and April 1, 1945, by two reporters (or possibly military public affairs) describing what they saw and heard as they landed on Okinawa with one of the first waves.

Episode Notes

If you follow us on Twitter @USNAMuseum, help us solve a few of the mysteries from this recording.  Who were they?  What ship was USMC Brig. General Jones on with them?  Can you make out the names of the Navy Reservists they interview?  Might these veterans still be with us after 75 years?