U.S. Marine planting the American flag at Shuri Castle, Okinawa, Japan, June 1945


Photograph. U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel R. P. Ross, Jr. planting the American flag on a defensive wall. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/29/45--U.S. flag flies over Japanese Castle--Braving Japanese sniper fire, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel R. P. Ross, Jr. raises the American flag on a parapet of Shuri Castle, captured enemy strong hold on Okinawa. Organized enemy resistance on the island ended June 21, and Okinawa will be developed into a major U.S. base from which to launch attacks on the Japanese homeland 375 miles (600 KM) away.--Marine Corps photo through Rome OWI--Approved by appropriate military authority ( List A out) 6930." Okinawa, Japan. 29 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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Marines (Military personnel)--Okinawa