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    Minna Shima (Minna Island) Okinawa Prefecture Japan
Location
Minna Shima is a small sand islet in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. The island is surrounded by the East China Sea. To the east and south is Okinawa Island. To the north is Ie Shima.

Wartime History
During the night of April 13, 1945 the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion under the command of Major James L. Jones landed on Minna Shima to capture the island for use as a fire base. On April 15, 1945 landed was the U. S. Army 305th Field Artillery Battalion and 902d Field Artillery Battalion plus the 155mm howitzers from the 306th Infantry Regiment that quickly set up their guns to provide supporting fire for the U. S. Army landing on Ie Shima four miles to the north.

References
U. S. In World War II - Okinawa: The Last Battle Chapter VII The Capture of Ie Shima pages 153
Marines in World War II - The Final Campaign - Marines in the Victory on Okinawa Closing the Loop
"Jones Marines then sailed to the northwestern coast to execute a night landing on Minna Shima on 13 April to seize a fire base in support of the 77th Division's main landing on Ie Shima."

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October 5, 2020

 

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