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The weather was very bad on Okinawa. The rain turned the ground to mush. The Marines were given shoes that looked like tennis rackets.Marine pilots got very close to the ground to drop supplies but the supplies were hard to get to because of the mud and Japanese snipers.At times the Marines had to resort to eating meat from dead horses. They also had to be careful with the water they collected to drink. Water discipline was instilled in them at Camp Pendleton in California.When you are hungry enough you will almost push your mother or grandmother out of the way for something to eat. The Marines were supplied well but there were still times that they went without.One night Akins was in his hammock on the outer edge of the group. At some point during the night he felt something poke him in the back. He thought it was a Japanese soldier trying to stab him. When he rolled over he discovered that it was a goat.Akins claims that they never killed any of the civiliansÂ’ livestock for food.When the civilians first encountered the Marines they hid from them, but they eventually learned that they wouldn't be mistreated. Akins encountered more civilians up north than down south.The Japanese would tie themselves to the bellies of horses to sneak through the lines. When the Marines learned about this they had to start killing the horses when they came through the lines.The Marines trained for Okinawa on Pavuvu. They were training when the invasion of Iwo Jima began. One of Akins' friends was on Iwo and was killed and buried at sea. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marines Divisions were on Iwo Jima and the 1st, 2nd, and 6th Marine Divisions landed on Okinawa. The Japanese were very hard to find on the islands. They could lie in place for days.When the Japanese knew that the war was over in China they were very friendly with the Marines.


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