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Okinawa - Lost in the fog of history
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June 22, 1945, Okinawa: After 83 days, the largest combined air-land-sea battle in history was over. Losses were staggering - some 7,600 U.S. Army and Marine deaths, 5,000 Navy deaths, more than 100,000 Japanese soldiers, and more than 50,000 Okinawa civilians. Thirty-six Allied ships were sunk and 368 damaged, mostly by Japanese suicide planes, the Kamikazes.