DuBose, LaRocque, Sgt

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USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant
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1100-Basic Utilities Marine
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Utilities
Previously Held MOS
5831-Corrections Specialist
Primary Unit
1948-1948, 1100, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1944 - 1950
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Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
From Month/Year
March / 1945
To Month/Year
June / 1945

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The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
March / 1945
To Month/Year
June / 1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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Units Participated in Operation

7th Marine Regiment

4th Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), 8th Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment

2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)

1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)

2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6), 6th Marine Regiment

6th Engineer Support Bn

6th Marine Division

VMF-314

3rd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (3/6), 6th Marine Regiment

5th Marine Regiment

1st Bn, 29th Marine Regiment (1/29)

10th Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (3/22)

2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)

1st Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (1/22)

2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine Regiment

VMA-542

1st Combat Engineer Bn

3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), 7th Marine Regiment

2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7), 7th Marine Regiment

VMF-422

3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment

1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)

MAG-14

1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2), 2nd Marine Regiment

2nd Separate Engineer Bn

2nd Marine Division

1st Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (1/10)

L Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

2nd Engineer Bn

MAG-22

VMO-2

VMF-311

3rd Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (3/10), 10th Marine Regiment

3rd Amphibious Corps (III AC)

VMFA-232

1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4), 4th Marine Regiment

VMR-152

VMSB-233

MarDet USS Houston CL-81

 
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  1157 Also There at This Battle:
  • Albanese, John, Sgt, (1943-1951)
  • Arnold, James, PFC, (1943-1946)
  • Avilla, Marven J, Sgt, (1943-1945)
  • Barnes, Nathanael
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