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    Iegusugu (Mount Gusuku, The Pinnacle) Okinawa Prefecture Japan
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Bill Wallisch c1945

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U. S. Army c1945
Location
Iegusugu is a feature with an elevation of roughly 600' at the center of Ie Shima in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. Also known as Iegusugu Mountain (Mt Iegusugu) or Mount Gusuku (Mt. Gusuku). During April 1945, nicknamed "The Pinnacle" by the U. S. Army soldiers during the Battle of Ie Shima. Also known as the "Iegusugu Pinnacle". Borders Ie (Ie Town) to the south and Ie Shima Airfield to the west.

Battle of Ie Shima
During the night April 22-23, 1945 the last resistance during the Battle of Ie Shima happened when a group of Japanese Army soldiers with civilians including women armed with rifles, grenades and demolition charges rushed from caves on Iegusugu for a final "Banzai charge" against the American front line manned by the U. S. Army, 77th Infantry Division, 306th Infantry Regiment. All the attackers were killed by U. S. Army gunfire without loss to any of the Americans.

References
U. S. In World War II - Okinawa: The Last Battle Chapter VII The Capture of Ie Shima pages 150, 152 (map 19), 155 (photo), 159, 160, 162 (Map 20), 163, 164, 167, 167 (drawing), 168-169, 173 (Map No. 21), 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 182

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