Jap Snipers were everywhere

Jap Snipers were everywhere on Okinawa Aug. 1945

The war was over for the allied troops but not for the Japanese soldiers on Okinawa in Aug. and Sept. of 1945. Snipers were the worse fear. They would hide out in caves during the day and come out at night to kill the enemy. The officers were long gone, dead or surrendered, and there was no communication for these lone snipers. They were told to die for the Emperor and that is exactly what they tried to do. For the Japanese soldiers, Okinawa was a stalling tactic to slow down the allied troops before they invade Japan with their armies. The battle of Okinawa was officially over in June 1945, but all summer U.S. troops had to flush out, and kill isolated Jap soldiers hiding in caves.

Even as late as Sept. 9, 1945, a large group of Japanese soldiers surrendered at Kadema airport. Snipers were taking their toll and the US Army had to hunt them down one at a time in order to kill them. Many casualties in Sept. and Oct. of 1945 were due to US soldiers being killed by snipers.

In my book, “Autumn Winds Over Okinawa, 1945,” a sniper almost kills an army Sargeant, but Chief Petty Office Ken Mead knocks him to the ground saving the sargeant’s life. It is the break the Chief and two other sailors needed since up to that point the Army did not want to give the sailors any rations.

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