YANKS GAIN ON OKINAWA: IE SHIMA CONQUERED BY 77TH INFANTRY DIVISION

From the April 23rd Edition of Stars and Stripes

GUAM, April 22 (ANS).—Three U.S. Army divisions, in fighting officially described as the “bitterest kind,” have punched out small gains through heavily defended Japanese fortifications guarding Okinawa’s capital city of Naha, four miles to the south, Adm. Nimitz announced today.



American conquest of little Ie Shima, just off the west coast of Okinawa, also was announced by Nimitz.

The U.S. flag was raised yesterday of the summit of Ie Shima’s Iegusugu Peak after bitter resistance was overcome on the hill’s sheer slopes. The ten-square-mile island was invaded Monday by New York’s 77th Inf. Div.

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Soldiers of the 77th Infantry Division on Okinawa

Ie Shima was taken primarily for its four-strip airfield, which was captured on the first day of the invasion and already is being used by U.S. planes.

Naval guns, carrier aircraft and artillery of both the Army and Marines continued to pour thousands of tons of explosives into the deep and solid enemy line elaborately dug into the rugged terrain of southern Okinawa.

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Monument to War Correspondent Ernie Pyle. Killed on Ie Shima with the 77th Infantry Division.



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