Confederates at Okinawa

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Confederates at Okinawa

 

We live in an age wherein Confederate flags and symbols are denigrated as symbols of slavery and of hate, but this was not always the case.  It is not commonly known, save for those who seek the truth, that our Confederate flag, in one form or the other has been present in nearly every war since the surrender of our Confederate Armies.  One could point to the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I and II as well as Afghanistan.  Our flag flew over battle tanks, infantry, aboard ships, onboard fighter aircraft, as well as military forts and depots; an example among many is the Coast Guard Depot in Memphis Tennessee.
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While pickets and protest where taking place in the late 1960’s in the city center, the Confederate Navy Jack flew over the Coast Guard Station.  Yes it was eventually removed, but while it flew, it flew high and glorious!  The below describes a case during the Second World War when the Confederate Navy Jack was raised, as a result of the Battle of Okinawa.  And you can be sure; our honored flag will fly again, high and proud!
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"Raising of the Confederate Navy Jack over Okinawa" 

 

"Only the Normandy D-Day invasion surpassed Okinawa in its scope, preparation and forces employed!  More than 548,000 Americans participated in the Okinawa invasion.  American service members were surprised to find virtually no resistance as they stormed the beaches on Easter 1945.  They soon discovered that the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy had literally gone underground having spent a year forcing Okinawa slaves to dig their underground defenses.  It required 83 days of combat to defeat the Japanese!
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The invasion of Okinawa was by the newly organized American 10th Army!  The 10th, commanded by Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, was composed of the XXIV Corps, made up of veteran Army units including the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th Infantry divisions, and the III Amphibious Corps, with three battle-hardened Marine divisions, the 1st, 2nd, and the 6th.
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One of the most significant milestones in the Okinawa campaign was the taking of Shuri Castle, the underground headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army.  After two months of fighting the Japanese, the 6th Marines and the Army’s 7th Division were moving south, nearing Shuri Castle.  Major General Pedro del Valle commanded the 6th Marines. Following a hard fight at Dakeshi Town, del Valle’s Marines engaged in a bloody battle at Wana Draw.
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Wana Draw stretched 800 yards and was covered by Japanese guns from its 400-yard entrance to its narrow exit.  The exit provided the key to Shuri Castle. The Japanese were holed up in caves the entire length of the gully, and had to be eradicated in man-to-man combat.  While the Marines battled through the mud and blood up the draw, the Army’s 77th Division was approaching Shuri from the east.  To the west, the 6th Marines were pushing into the capital city of Naha.  Faced with this overwhelming force, Japanese Gen. Ushijima’s army retreated to the south!

On May 29, 1945, A Company, Red Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, commanded by Capt. Julius Dusenberg, approached to within 800 yards of Shuri Castle.  The castle lay within the zone of the 77th Infantry Division, known as the Statue of Liberty Boys.  However, General Ushijima’s rear guard had stalled the 77th’s advance.  Impatient, Major General del Valle ordered Capt. Dusenberg to “take that … place if you can.  I’ll make the explanations.” .

Dusenberg’s Marines stormed the stone fortress, quickly dispatching a detachment of Japanese soldiers who had remained behind.  Once the castle had been taken, Dusenberg took off his helmet and removed a flag he had been carrying for just such a special occasion.  He raised the flag at the highest point of the castle and let loose with a rebel yell.  The flag waving overhead was not the Stars and Stripes, but rather the Confederate Navy Jack.

Most of the Marines joined in the yell, but a disapproving New Englander supposedly remarked, “What does he want now?  Should we sing ‘Dixie’?”  Major General Andrew Bruce, the commanding general of the 77th Division, protested to the 10th Army that the Marines had stolen his prize.  But Lieutenant General Buckner only mildly chided General del Valle, saying, “How can I be sore at him?  My father fought under that flag!”  General Buckner’s father was the Confederate General by the same name! .

The Buckner who had surrendered Fort Donelson to General; Ulysses S. Grant in 1862!  The flag flew only two days over Shuri Castle, when it was formally raised on May 31, 1945.  Dusenberg’s flag was first lowered and presented to General Buckner as a souvenir.  General Buckner remarked, “OK!   Now, let’s get on with the war!”  Tragically, just days before Okinawa fell, General Buckner was killed by an enemy shell on June 18, 1945, on Mezido Ridge, while observing a Marine attack."

From the "Okinawa Marine", which does the Consolidated Public Affairs Office of Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler publish?  Navy Lieutenant Commander Joe D. Haines wrote it.

God save the Confederacy

 

 

 

"I would have never surrendered the army if I had known how
the South would have been treated." … Robert Edward Lee

 

 

"The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding is so feeble; the life of humanity is long; that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope." --- General Robert E. Lee

 

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