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    Nakagusuku Bay (Buckner Bay) Okinawa Prefecture Japan
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Nakagusuku Bay is located on the southeast of Okinawa Island in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan. During 1945, the Americans referred to this locaton as Buckner Bay in honor of U. S. Army General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. and the use of the name continues to this day.

Wartime History
Following the Battle of Okinawa, Buckner Bay was used by the U. S. Navy as an anchorage area off Okinawa Island.

Postwar
On October 9, 1945 a typhoon passed over the island, winds of 80 knots (92 miles per hour) and 30'-35' waves battered the ships and craft in the bay and tore into the quonset huts and buildings ashore. A total of 12 ships and craft were sunk, 222 grounded plus 32 ships that were severely damaged. Personnel casualties were 36 killed, 47 missing, and 100 seriously injured.

References
Naval History and Heritage Command - Typhoons and Hurricanes: Pacific Typhoon at Okinawa, October 1945

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June 20, 2020

 

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