[2015] Lizzie Boyle: Okinawa: The Battle and Ned

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[2015] Lizzie Boyle: Okinawa: The Battle and Ned

WWII and the IslandThe island of Okinawa played an important role to the war. This pacific island battle changed the course of the war. The Allied Forces invaded Okinawa to engage the Japanese in the bloodiest, the last, and the biggest Pacific Island Battle. This gory battle was won by the United States on June 2nd 1945.

Okinawa affected Ned in many ways. First off, he was affected emotionally and socially when Georgia Boy came back from injury, and Ned was jumping with Joy. He wasn’t really affected mentally during his time on Okinawa. He was affected emotionally when FDR died of polio. He was saddened, but he eventually got over it. And lastly, one of Ned’s best memories of the war was when he and his Navajo friends cooked a mountain goat and ate it.


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Okinawa: The Battle and Ned

Two soldiers Enduring the Battle of Okinawa.

Navajo Code Talkers: The Battle of Okinawa

The aftermath of a Kamikaze in the Battle of Okinawa.

How Okinawa affected Ned


The action that occurs on this island could affect the theme of this novel. Throughout this chapter, the characters and the readers will learn the theme of this chapter as well as an important skill. Take the experiences of the men involved in the battles, for example. Before going into battle, the marines thought securing Okinawa would be a piece of cake. However, it turned out to be the bloodiest battle of WWII. According ti the text, "Taking this here place willbe as easy asfor us as it was for mah Yankees to win the series in '43." Another example is, when the Japanese started sacrificing all they had to win this war. The American Marines didn’t think the Japenese would be that lethal. They couldn't believe Japan would send kamikazes, suicidal planes flown by teenagers, to avenge their country by crashing their planes into Allied ships. According to the text, "Tens of millions of Japanese would give their lives to defend their homeland."The last example occurs when the father's of the dead Japanese soldiers began to cut off their index fingers, and send them to the emperor and other government officials. This caught them by surprise. They couldn't believe they would go to those lengths to avenge their losses. This changes the way American Soldiers, Code Talkers, and leaders on both sides think. It made them smarter. It helped them learn not to underestimate the enemy, the citizens, and anything around them. After this learning experience, the Marines and Code Talkers make sure the enemy soldier is dead, they must shoot them three times, so those that decide to play dead, end up dead. The readerlearns the same thing. Looking outside the Battle of Okinawa...animals and people are underestimated everyday. After reading this chapter, the reader will learn not to underestimate their surroundings. Considering that the Allied Forces won this battle, the reader, as well as the characters, truly learn a skill, which is the theme of the chapter; never underestimate the unexpected. This affects the many themes of the novel as a whole because the novel is about how Americans (at the time) underestimated Navajos. According to the text, the Navajos were made out to be "Ignorant, useless savages." who were not as important as a white man. However, it turned out that Navojos were vital to the future of America, they would come up with a code that would assist in ending WWII.

Okinawa InfoSize of Island: 877mi2Population in 1944:20,000Climate: subtropical, It’s highest temperature is about 90 degrees in July and it’s lowest temperature is 55 degrees in January.Japanese Pacific IslandNatural Resources: sugar cane, pineapple, papaya, and more.Language spoken: RyukuanNow the island has many beaches, family-friendly community, cherry blossoms in the spring, and the water is a beautiful shade of turquoise.


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