The 1st Marine division is now on Okinawa and coming ever closer to defeating the enemy. The weather and the heat are still proving to be difficult but the physical conditions reflect their own mental state. Constant stress from never-ending fighting results in a variety of reactions from the men. For the first time, the men also have to deal with the presence of Japanese civilians, who are being given safe passage through the US lines to safety in the rear. They arrived on Okinawa on April 1, 1945 and in early August they hear that a special type of bomb has been dropped on Japan. Written by
[after the Marines have just been accidentally shelled by their own artillery]
This is fucking bullshit! I ever find the fucking F.O. that called that arty, I'll shoot him!
Eugene B. Sledge:
Sons of bitches'll just do it again.
Why did they shell us?
Eugene B. Sledge:
Because some asshole officer read a map wrong, and nobody gives a shit about us. There IS no goddamn reason!
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At long last we are treated to an episode worthy of being remembered. This episode dealt with many of the key ingredients necessary to make a viewer want to see it over and over. While episode 8 (Iwo Jima) will soon be forgotten in mind as one of the most disappointing ones of the whole series, this one provided a true emotional ride through the horror and moral struggles which Americans faced in Okinawa. The pain and discomfort of the rain, mud, and generally uncomfortable conditions came through the screen into our living rooms. Several scenes provided a glimpse of the frustration and moral decay which these soldiers faced ... it was not a feel good episode, but it should not have been. It was what it should have been, and for one of only a few episodes, I would see this one a few more times to truly appreciate it.
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