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    Naha (Nawa, Nafa) Okinawa Prefecture Japan
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Richard Marin 1990

Lat 26° 13' 0N Long 127° 40' 60E  Naha is located in the southwestern corner of Okinawa Island in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. Naha is the largest city on the island. Also known as Nahashi,Nawa,Naha-shi or Nafa.

Japanese Naval Underground Headquarters
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Located in the hills to the south-east of Naha. This was the Japanese Navy Headquarters used during the battle. A self-guided tour of the renovated tunnel ruins includes the cipher, hospital and officer's rooms, including where officers including Vice-Admiral Minoru Ota committed suicide with hand grenades. Its lobby includes photos and relics, and outside panoramic views of southern Okinawa and a monument to Ota.

Naha Airfield
Built by the Japanese and used until the American liberation in April 1, 1945. Still in use today as Okinawa Airport.

Battle of Okinawa Museum
Located to the north of Naha inside Camp Kinser off Highway 58. Non-military personnel must be escorted onto base. This museum has six display rooms, with many relics collected from tunnels over the years.

Invasion Beach
Located to the north or Naha, west of Highway 58. This is seven mile stretch of beach where USMC landed between on April 1, 1945. There is a commemorative marker at Chatan-cho. The landing area stretches from Bolo Point, past Torii Station First Special Forces Camp and Kadena Air Base to Camp Foster. At the end of the first day of the Marine landing, 60,000 troops had landed on the beach 10 miles north of Naha. There was little resistance the first day, only 28 casualties, mostly to friendly fire.

Hacksaw Ridge
Part of the Maeda Escarpment, this ridge running along central Okinawa from east to west between Hanby to Kita-Nakagusuku. On April 26, 1945 American forces attacked the ridge, suffering heavily due to the well dug in Japanese. Located south of Kadena on Route 58. At the top of the hill near the Garlic House Restaurant, to Urasoe Castle. There is a military park, that offers panoramic views of the invasion beaches and area. There are still various tunnels, caves and smaller memorials in the area.

Urasoe Jo (Urasoe Castle)
Located at the top of Hacksaw Ridge.

Kakuazu Ridge
Part of Hacksaw Ridge, At this location 2,500 Japanese troops held off more than 45,000 American troops from three divisions.

Moshinawa Airfield (Machinato)
Wartime airfield four miles north of Naha.

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August 25, 2018


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