Japanese prisoners of war lining up for roll call, Okinawa, Japan, 1945


Photograph. A single U.S. Army serviceman taking roll of a large group of Japanese prisoners. Official Caption: "Rome. 8/8/45. Japanese prisoners line up for roll call on Okinawa. Japanese soldiers line up for daily roll call being taken by a U.S. Army officer at a Prisoner of War [camp] near Kaden on Okinawa. On June 28, 1945, U.S. Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson presented figures to show the steady increase in the number of Japanese prisoners taken by U.S. Forces in the Pacific. He said that earlier in the war, prisoners taken represented one per cent [sic] of the total enemy troops killed or captured. On Okinawa, the percentage of prisoners in the total came to eleven per cent [sic]. In the Philippines, in the third week of June, the take of prisoners rose to almost 14 per cent [sic] of the total. Photo through U.S.I.S. Rome 43126-FA. Approved by appropriate U.S. authority (A and B lists out)."”Okinawa, Japan. 8 August 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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Prisoners of war--Japanese--Okinawa
Military uniforms--Japanese--Okinawa