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The 34th  Fighter Squadron
Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt
from IE Shima Island North West of Okinawa

Picture of one of the tunnels
where the Japanese soldiers lived
before the takeover of IeShima by the Americans in WW2.


A picture of a Soldier at the entrance of a bomb shelter built by the Japanese on the island of Ie Shima in WWII
Photo Scanned by C. Jeff Dyrek


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To withstand the tremendous bombardment from the American Naval Guns and Aircraft the Japanese soldiers had to be dug in really deep.  This is an example of one of the tunnels that the Japanese soldiers lived in.

After the intense Naval Cannon Fire and the Air Bombardment, the U.S. Marines had to make a landing and fight severely, still, to take the island from the Japanese. 

Click here to read the story of Irving Mayer an F6F Hellcat Pilot and how he had to provide air to ground support of the soldiers on Ie Shima from the USS Santee.

Now look at these tunnels and then look at the Viet Nam Tunnels that oursoldiers found during the Viet Nam War.  Throughout Asia, Tunnel buildingis very common as a defensive base.

Click Here to see many Japanese WW2 Airplanes.

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Here's the New Ernie Pyle Exhibit. 

Ernie Pyle was probably the most famous War Correspondent of World War 2.  He died on the island of Ie Shima located in the Western Pacific near Okinawa.  This exhibit has exclusive photos and stories about Ernie Pyle including the story about
 "I Thought I Killed Ernie Pyle."

Exhibit Added 14 June 2007

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