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    Nakagusuku Bay 中城湾 (Buckner Bay) Okinawa Prefecture Japan

USN October 1945
Nakagusuku Bay 中城湾 (Nakagusuku Wan) is located on the southeast of Okinawa in Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan. During 1945, the Americans referred to this location 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
After the conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa, Buckner Bay was used by the U. S. Navy as an anchorage area with shore facilities on the eastern coast of Okinawa Island.

On October 9, 1945 Typhoon Louise passed over the island with winds of 92 miles per hour / 80 knots creating 30'-35' waves that batter ships and craft in Nakagusuku Bay and tore into the quonset huts and buildings ashore. A total of 12 ships and craft were sunk, 222 were grounded including USS LST-169 and USS Ocelot (IX-110) plus 32 ships severely damaged. Personnel casualties were 36 killed, 47 missing, and 100 seriously injured.

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

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October 9, 2020


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