U.S. Commanders Nimitz, Spruance, and Buckner inspecting Okinawa Airfield in Okinawa, Japan, 1945


Photograph. U.S. Commanders (left to right) Chester W. Nimitz, Raymond A. Spruance, and Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. walking away from airplane parked at air base. Official Caption: "Rome. June 1, 1945.--U.S. commanders inspect Okinawa Airfield--U.S. Navy and Army commanders inspect a captured airstrip on Okinawa, Main Ryukyu (Loochoo) Island, which was invaded on March 31, 1945. They are (left to right) Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of Allied Naval Forces in the Pacific Theater; Adm. Raymond A. Spruance, Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, and Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Tenth Army. U.S. forces since have taken the island's capital, Naha, said to be the largest city ever invested by the U.S. Marines in the 169-year history of the Corps--PNT Photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A List Out)--Approved by appropriate military authority. 6485."”Okinawa, Japan. 1 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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Military officers--American--Okinawa
Military uniforms--American--Okinawa
Military inspections--Okinawa