Killing Ground on Okinawa: The Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill

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Naval Institute Press, 2007 - History - 237 pages
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A key point in the Japanese defensive line on Okinawa in May 1945, Sugar Loaf Hill was the site of a tenacious seven-day battle that inflicted heavy casualties on the U.S. Marines attacking the hill. In this emotionally compelling account of the fierce fight, James H. Hallas chronicles the extraordinary courage and tactical skills of the 6th Marine Division's junior officers and enlisted men as they captured a network of sophisticated Japanese defenses on Sugar Loaf while under heavy artillery fire from surrounding hills. To give human dimensions to the story, the author draws on his many interviews with participants and skillfully weaves together their individual stories of the sustained close-quarter fighting that claimed more than 2,000 Marine casualties. Pushed to their physical and moral limits during eleven attempts to capture the fifty-foot-high 300-yard-long hill, the Marines' proved their uncommon valor to be a common virtue, and this detailed record of their courage and commitment assures them a permanent place in history.

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P.179 On page 179, the book makes reference to Sergeant Philip Doyle. He was my uncle who I never knew as he died in May of 1945, 14 years before I was born. I do not believe his two brothers, 7 nephews or 7 neices ever knew the precise circumstances of his death for our country. He was buried in the family plot. He has a plaque which has been in place for decades on the flagpole at our local school. Although he died young and his descendents never knew him, he has never been forgotten. Thanks for the personal history.
Terrence Patrick Doyle, son of Sgt Philip Doyle's youngest brother James.

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James H. Hallas is the author of three other books, including an account of the assault on Peleliu. He lives in Portland, Connecticut.

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