Around the World in 80 Days, Day 14: The Forgotten Battle of Okinawa

On the anniversary of General MacArthur setting foot in Tokyo to begin the American occupation of Japan in 1945, Larry calls in to the Rick and Bubba Show from a place of monumental historical significance: Okinawa.

Home to multiple US military bases and some 40,000 American military personnel, Okinawa is the site of one of the greatest forgotten battles of World War II – much larger, even, than the Battle of Normandy on D-Day. In that 3-month battle, called “The Typhoon of Steel” by the locals, 14,000 Americans died there defending freedom, and many are prepared to do so still. (You can take a look at Larry’s twitter for photos.)

So what lessons can we learn from Okinawa? Listen below as Larry explains why that particular location is so relevant to our world today: