A nurse administers to a severely burned American soldier, Okinawa, June 1945


Photograph. American soldier with significant burns to his face lies on a stretcher while a nurse tends to his wounds. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/11/45--U.S. soldier treated in Okinawa Hospital--A U.S. Army nurse treats a badly wounded American soldier in a field hospital on Okinawa, Main Ryukyu (Loochoo) Island 375 miles (600 km.) from Japan. The soldier was burned on his head, shoulders and arms when a Japanese artillery shell burst near him. From the landings on Okinawa on March 31, 1945, through June 9, American casualties on the island totaled more than 20,950, including 3,781 killed, 17,004 dead and 165 missing. By June 9, U.S. Marines had driven to the West Coast of the island and captured substantial ground north of Itoman, a town four miles (6.4 km.) above the southwestern tip of Okinawa.-PNT Photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A List Out). Approved by appropriate military authority. 6616."” Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. 11 June 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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Wounds & injuries--Okinawa