U.S. Marines landing on Iheya Island, Okinawa, Japan, June 1945


Photograph, aerial. View of landing craft carrying U.S. Marines to the shore of Iheya Island; smoke column visbile on land. Official Caption: "Rome. 8/2/45--U.S. INVASION CRAFT LAND ON IHEYA ISLAND. Invasion craft bearing veteran U.S. Marines hit the beach on Iheya Island June 3, 1945, as units from Okinawa--20 miles (32 km.) away--invaded the tiny but strategic island. Smoke rises from a burning enemy gun emplacement hit by a shell near the small village where the Americans are landing. It will be valuable as an observation station and an outpost guarding Okinawa. The group is about 375 miles (600 km.) south of Japan's home islands, and will serve as a valuable sea and air base from which to attack targets in Japan. Photo through Rome U.S.I.S.approved by appropriate military authority. A & B lists out." Iheya Island, Okinawa, Japan. 3 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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Amphibious operations--Okinawa
Aerial photographs--Okinawa
Landing craft--American--Okinawa