The Pacific: Season 1, Episode 9

Okinawa (9 May 2010)

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The 1st Marine Division fight a determined Japanese force on Okinawa who prefer death to surrender and are indifferent to the lives of Okinawan civilians.


(as Tim Van Patten)


(as Bruce McKenna) , (based in part on the book "Helmet for My Pillow"), 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
PFC Robert Leckie (credit only)
PFC Eugene Sledge (as Joe Mazzello)
Sgt. John Basilone (credit only)
Nicholas Cooper ...
Chris Foy ...
Pvt. 'Kathy' Peck (as Christopher Foy)
Sam North ...
Tiger Saito ...
Kaoru Sato ...
Geordie Taylor ...


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 garykmcd

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Merriell Shelton: [sees Eugene reading a letter and looking troubled] Eugene?
[he doesn't answer]
Merriell Shelton: Gene?
Eugene B. Sledge: [distantly] My dog died.
Merriell Shelton: [sits beside him] I'm sorry.
Eugene B. Sledge: He was a good dog.
Merriell Shelton: How old was he?
Eugene B. Sledge: Got him as a pup 'bout nine years ago, maybe ten.
Merriell Shelton: [studying Eugene's face] They say dogs live, what, seven years to every one of ours?
[Eugene doesn't say anything, and Snafu leans against his shoulder]
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A horrific yet great episode
10 May 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this episode, and my prayers were answered, this episode was no doubt the most emotionally deep in the series.

Action well built in with emotion and suspense really did it for me, the torment we see the Japanese and "Okinawans" go through is truly heart breaking at times.

We see the new guys treated even more harshly than before, breaking points, high points its just a masterpiece.

I enjoyed this episode thoroughly very re-watchable.

If you are faint hearted this episode may not be for you

Probably the best episode of the series

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