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    Itoman (Ichuman) Okinawa Prefecture Japan

Location
Lat 26° 7' 29N Long 127° 40' 10E  Itoman is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan. Also known as Ichuman.

Buckner Monument
Maisato, Itoman-shI. Located in the southern corner of the island, a stone marker sits atop a small hill (best accessed with local knowledge) where the American commander of the Okinawa campaign, Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. (the second highest ranking general KIA in WWII) three days before the island was declared secured. Sadly, U. S. Army Brigadier General Claudius Easley was killed on the same spot a day later.

Kyan Memorial (Kyan Misaki Enchi)
Kyan, Itoman-shi
Large black marble monument where civilians jumped to their death off cliffs during the battle.

Himeyuri Monument & Museum (Himeyuri No To)
Aza-Ihara, Itoman-shi
Museum that covers the history of the battle, and documents the smaller stories of civilians mobilized and killed during the battle, working in a hospital, left behind to commit suicide.

Konpaku No To (Mass Grave Site)
Komesu, Itoman-shi
Located off Route 331 Japanese monument where an estimated 35,000 victims of the battle were buried in a mass grave.

44th Independent Mixed Brigade Cave
Natural cave that was expanded by Japanese military into a tunnel system. Recommended to hire a local guide to find this site.

Peace Memorial Museum
Two-story museum documenting the war on Okinawa

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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