World Battlefronts: The Big Apple

The last Japanese defense line on south ern Okinawa, along the Yaeju-Dake escarpment, was no more. A handful of ene my troops had manned its deep caves, hid den artillery and automatic weapons for a few days; then U.S. weight and power col lapsed them.

Yaeju Peak itself, a 560-ft. knob which doughboys dubbed "the Big Apple," was first scaled at night by Company K of the 381st Infantry (96th Division). Explosive charges sealed off a number of caves, but Company K was forced to retire. Before noon the next day, U.S. artillery and...

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