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The Battle of Okinawa

Sixth Marine Division

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
1. The Battle of Okinawa Marker
Inscription.  
The Secretary of the Navy,
Washington.

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the President Unit Citation to the

Sixth Marine Division, Reinforced

Consisting of
The Sixth Marine Division; First Marine War Dog Platoon; Fifth Provisional Rocket Detachment; Third Platoon, First Bomb Disposal Company; Marine Observation Squadron Six; Sixth Joint Assault Signal Company; First Armored Amphibian Battalion; Fourth Amphibian Tractor Battalion; Ninth Amphibian Tractor Battalion; First Section, Second Platoon, First Bomb Disposal Company; 70sth Amphibian Tank Battalion, U.S Army; Third Armored Amphibian Battalion (less 4 platoons); 91st Chemical Mortar Company (separate), U.S. Army; First Platoon, Company B, 713th Armored Flame-Thrower Battalion, U.S. Army,
For service as set forth in the following

Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault and capture of Okinawa, April 1 to June 21, 1945. Seizing Yontan Airfield in its initial operation,

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the Sixth Marine Division, Reinforced, smashed through organized resistance to capture Ishikawa Isthmus, the Town of Nago and heavily fortified Motobu Peninsula in 13 days. Later committed to the southern front, units of the division withstood overwhelming artillery and mortar barrages, repulsed furious counterattacks and staunchly pushed over the rocky terrain to reduce almost impregnable defenses and capture Sugar Loaf Hill. Turning southeast, they took the capital city of Naha and executed surprise shore-to-shore landings on Oroku Peninsula, securing the area with its prized Naha Airfield and harbor after nine days of fierce fighting, reentering the lines in the south, ridges extending to the southern tip of the island, advancing relentlessly and rendering decisive support until the last remnants of enemy opposition were exterminated and the island secured. By their valor and tenacity, the officers and men of the Sixth Marine Division, Reinforced contributed materially to the conquest of Okinawa, and their gallantry in overcoming a fanatic enemy in the face of extraordinary danger and difficulty adds new luster to Marine Corps history, and to the traditions of the United States Naval Service."

For the President.

James Forrestal,
Secretary of the Navy.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is April 1, 1945.
 
Location.

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38° 32.574′ N, 77° 20.572′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joe Rosenthal 1911-2006 (here, next to this marker); 1st Battalion 7th Marines (here, next to this marker); 7th Engineer Battalion (here, next to this marker); American Gold Star Mothers Memorial (here, next to this marker); 3d Battalion, 11th Marines (here, next to this marker); VMFA-333 Squadron History (here, next to this marker); India & Mike Companies (here, next to this marker); 26th Marine Regiment (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 12, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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