Looking from the Naval point of view for May 1945.
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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa)
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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