U.S. Marine escorting Japanese prisoner, Okinawa, Japan, 1945


Photograph. Rear view of U.S. Marine escorting Japanese prisoner of war. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/2/45--U.S. Marine takes Japanese prisoner--A U.S. Marine, rifle slung under his arm, lays a guiding hand on the shoulder of a Japanese prisoner as he escorts him to the rear on Okinawa, Japanese Ryukyu (Loochoo) Island invaded by U.S. forces March 31, 1945. By June 1, U.S. forces had taken the island's capital and main port, Naha, and had secured strong hill positions in the vicinity of the island's second largest city, Shuri.--War pool photo--Serviced by Rome OWI (A list out). Approved by appropriate military authority. 6509." Okinawa, Japan. 2 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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Prisoners of war--Japanese--Okinawa
Marines (Military personnel)--Okinawa