Battle of Okinawa In Pictures


This is the last photograph taken of Lt. Gen. Simon B. Buckner Jr. USA right just before he was killed on 18 June observing the 8th Marines in action on Okinawa for the first time since the regiment entered the lines in the drive to the south. Note the rock and coral outcropping to his left. The shell that exploded hit that outcropping dispersing fragments into the general killing him within a few minutes. The other two staff officers were not seriously hurt.