26° 43' 24N Long 127° 47' 15E Ie Shima Island is a small circular island in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan. Located three miles west of Okinawa. Known to the Americans as "Ie Shima" during the Pacific War. Also known as "Iejima". Today, accessible by ferry from Okinawa four times a day.
On April 16, 1945 the U. S. Army, 77th Infantry Division made an amphibious landing on Ie Shima. A total of 1,100 American casualties were sustained capturing the island.
Mount Gusuku (The Pinnacle)
Highest peak on the island also known as "The Pinnacle".
Ernie Pyle Monument
Located to the south of the main pier at Ie Shima. This monument was created during the war to US War Correspondent Ernie Pyle who was killed on April 18, 1945 reporting from the island by sniper fire. Pyle was of the most famous journalist covering the
war, because he stayed with the fighting men, close to the action. Ernest T. Pyle is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at Plot D, Row 0 Grave 109.
Ie Shima Airfield (Ie Shima Auxiliary Air Base, Ie Jima Airport)
Built by the Japanese, captured by Americans and expanded into a major airbase still in use today
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August 25, 2018