“I am no hero,” he explains. “I was just one of the lucky ones.”
― U.S, Marine Veteran Ralph Irwin
Typhoon of steel refers to the sheer amount of munitions expended and the amount of aircraft, ships, boats and vehicles deployed or destroyed during the 80 day war which lasted April-June 1945. Okinawa was the last island occupied as part of General Macarthur’s island hopping campaign to establish operational airbases that positioned Allied Air Forces within striking distance of the Japanese mainland. Okinawa was Japan’s last ditch effort to save the mainland. Aware of their impending defeat, Japan surged over 150,000 ground, air, and naval forces to Okinawa. Allied forces consisted of two US Marine divisions and two US Army divisions. The Allied Forces successful occupation of Okinawa enabled the allies to amass large numbers of bombers returning from the European Theater post V-E Day to start a prolonged bombing campaign on the Island of Kyushu. Unbeknownst to most, two flashes in the sky over Hiroshima and Nagasaki soon after would lead to the end of World War II in the Pacific and a formal surrender on 2 September 1945 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. In summary, Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault of WWII resulting in 50,000 US casualties, the most in both theaters.
Pain is the theme of all GORUCK Challenges. Our Special Forces Cadres will ensure it’s pain with purpose by pushing individuals out of their comfort zones and building each class into a team. Train hard and show up ready. It’s worth it.
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