USS Hornet (CV-12) – A Father’s Untold War Story – Battle of Okinawa (April – June 1945)(Part 2)

Looking from the Naval point of view for May 1945.

USS Hornet (CV-12)-A Father's Untold War Story

John T. Ryan US Navy John T. Ryan US Navy

It is May 1945, the world is still at war and my father, Seaman First Class, John Thomas Ryan is still serving on the USS Hornet (CV-12).  In my last posts, I began the Battle of Okinawa and covered April 1945.  In this post, the battle continues with May 1945.

Note:  Much of the story of the Battle of Okinawa is a story of the land battle and the US Army and Marines.  Since my writing is about the USS Hornet, I only cover the story as it  relates to the carrier.  The rest is too much to write about.  The full story is available from many other sources.

General Background (Source:

I shared this background information previously.  The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific…

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Posted on July 14, 2018, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. As always, I enjoy reading the posts you highlight on this blog.

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  2. What a massive onslaught. I still have trouble getting my head around the logistics of such battles.

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  3. Bedankt dat je alles terug aankaart zodat het nooit zal vergeten worden

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  4. Outstanding post, GP. Well done.

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  5. Hollywood could make a full movie about most of your posts..

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  6. Thanks for finding this for us.

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  7. I re-read the Twilight Warriors by Gandt a few months ago about the naval battle of Okinawa and might go back and re-read it again a third time after this article…superb, Thanks GP!

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  8. More fascinating personal details of the hectic fighting, so close to the end. A great read, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this story.


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