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.

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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PFC Robert Leckie (credit only)
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PFC Eugene Sledge (as Joe Mazzello)
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Sgt. John Basilone (credit only)
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Nicholas Cooper ...
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Pvt. 'Kathy' Peck (as Christopher Foy)
Sam North ...
Tiger Saito ...
Kaoru Sato ...
Geordie Taylor ...
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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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9 May 2010 (USA)  »

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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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Soundtracks

Honor - Main Title Theme From The Pacific
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Composed by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer
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Okinawa merits thumbs up
9 May 2010 | by (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – See all my reviews

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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