Okinawa, Threshold to Japan

National Geographic, October, 1945
Volume LXXXVIII, No. 4

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National Geographic, Volume LXXXVIII (138), Number 4, October, 1945, Washington, DC, National Geographic Society, magazine. This issue contains an 18 page article, Okinawa Threshold to Japan by Lt David D. Duncan, USMC. The article extends from page 411 to 428. It is illustrated with 22 color photographs. The article consists of two pages (double column) of commentary by Lt Duncan about peacetime Okinawa. In addition, each photograph has a caption and an explanatory note. Lt Duncan's commentary is insightful when he notes " bet is that Okinawa will remain one of our mightiest Far East bases and become a vacationland." This is the earliest post-battle of Okinawa article with color photographs that I am aware of. The article is not a war documentary. The bulk of the article is 22 color photographs showing the people, places and sites of Okinawa. While US military scenes are presented, the thrust of the photographs is to portray the Okinawans as they were living at this time and the US military presence was an aspect of that life. This issue also contains a 21 page article (pages 429 to 452) on the Japanese occupation of Korea (Jap Rule in the Hermit Nation) by Willard Price. That article is illustrated with 18 black and white photographs, a map and drawing.

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