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Limited local repairs, for local use, Grounded - recommended for decommissioning, Grounded - salvage doubtful. Ships at sea were enabled to maneuver clear of the worst of the storm, and sustained only minor damage, despite heavy seas. 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On 14 November, ComServPac, (Vice Admiral W. W. Smith) inspected the damage, and decided that only 10 ships were worth complete salvage, out of some 90 ships with major work to be done on them. On October 3, 1944, American commanders in the Pacific received orders to attack and seize Japanese-held territory in the 620-mile-long Ryukyu chain of islands that extend southward from Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost home island. Strip, abandonment. Kadena Legal Services Kadena Medical Clinic SAPR CE Self Help Kadena Red Cross Okinawa Family Housing Local Weather Visitor Control Center Typhoons and Hurricanes: Pacific Typhoon June 1945. Some of these Quonsets were lifted bodily and moved hundreds of feet; others were torn apart, galvanized iron sheets ripped off, wallboarding shredded, and curved supports torn apart. Capsized. Mitsuru Ushijima was one of Japan’s most experienced commanders. Unlike shallow landslides in which topsoil 0.5 meters to 2 meters deep comes loose, the bedrock beneath the topsoil also moves in deep-seated landslides, causing enormous damage. Conditions on shore were no better. "Louise", however, failed to conform to pattern, and that evening, as it reached 25º N (directly south of Okinawa) it slowed to six knots and greatly increased in intensity. 248 (1880) Correct and General Understanding of Signals, General Order No. Return rear area, decommission, Refloated 11/6/45 (CSD 104 has refloated 10/45), Grounded - Beyond economical repair. Temporary repairs completed. 54, USS Capella AK13 & USS Alhena AKA9 War Damage Report No. Conditions in Buckner Bay were at this time somewhat improved by the wind's having veered to the northwest across the land mass of Okinawa, which reduced the size of the seas, and probably saved many more damaged ships from being driven off the reefs and sunk in deep water. 112 (1869) Sea Service of Officers to be Three Years, General Order No. For their part, the Allies coveted strategic Okinawa as the final staging point for the projected twofold invasion of the Japan homeland itself—Operation Downfall and its twin parts, Operations Olympic (the attack on Kyushu) and Coronet (the invasion of the main island of Honshu). It was he who persuaded Ushijima to adopt the defensive jikyusen (war of attrition) strategy employed on Okinawa to bleed white the Americans, as opposed to General Cho’s preferred massed banzai charges. 26, USS Saratoga CV3 War Damage Report No. Heavily damaged. Decommissioned 11/24/45. 45, USS New Orleans CA32 War Damage Report No. 456 (1919) Observance of the Sabbath Day, General Order No. A small party remained on board, however, and successfully stopped flooding as the typhoon subsided. At Yonobaru, all 40' by 100' buildings were demolished, the same being true at the NATS terminal. He graduated from the Army Academy in 1916 and the Staff College in 1928. However, the loss of the 9th Division to shore up defenses in the Philippines before the start of the Okinawa battle forced Ushijima to enlist many native home-guard units from Okinawa proper to bolster his ranks. 41, USS O'Brien DD415 War Damage Report No. A few were lost. 38, USS North Carolina BB55 War Damage Report No. Task Force 51, a joint expeditionary force, was under the operational control of Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner, commander of Amphibious Forces Pacific Fleet. Naha Weather History for the Previous 24 Hours Show weather for: Previous 24 hours December 25, 2020 December 24, 2020 December 23, 2020 December 22, 2020 December 21, 2020 December 20, 2020 December 19, 2020 December 18, 2020 December 17, 2020 December 16, 2020 December 15, 2020 December 14, 2020 December 13, 2020 December 12, 2020 December 11, 2020 December 10, … The hurricane winds destroyed from 50% to 95% of all tent camps, and flooded the remainder. 29, USS San Francisco CA38 War Damage Report No. At this time the barometer dipped to 968.5 millibars. 37 people were injured with six of them in critical condition. 19, USS South Dakota BB57 War Damage Report No. Ultimately, the largest sea-land-air battle in history sparked three months of desperate combat, leaving Okinawa a "vast field of mud, lead, decay, and maggots." 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Emma then brushed South Korea and KyÅ«shÅ« as a strong Category 3 typhoon before swinging to the northeast and hitting China and the far eastern Soviet Union. Emma then recurved after reaching Category 3 status. Imperial Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima—nicknamed the “Demon General”—was given command of the 877-square-mile “ocean island fortress” of Okinawa in August 1944. Typhoons that normally move westward south of Japan have been veering northward and spending about twice as much time in the Okinawa area. 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In actuality, Ushijima had 77,000 Army troops at his command: 39,000 infantry combat troops and 38,000 “special troops” from artillery and other units. Guam Weather Central called the storm of apparently weak intensity "Louise" and put out the first weather advisory on it at 041200Z, with further advisories following at intervals of six hours. The 17th advisory at 081200Z (081100I) showed this clearly, and units began to be alerted for the storm late in the evening of the 8th. Our forces from Nagasaki to Wakayama experienced winds of 40 to nearly 60 knots on the 11th and 12th. 128 (1869) Exercises for Ships with Sails, General Order No. 244 [1934] Alcoholic Liquors, General Order No. His early military service was in the radically politicized Kwantung Army in eastern China, and he also took part in several right-wing Army coups against civilian politicians in Japan. When American Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry landed there with his “black ships” in 1853 on his way to Japan, he called Okinawa “the very door of the Empire.” He recommended that the U.S. fleet establish a base there. Very little tentage was salvageable, and little was on hand as a result of previous storms. 132 (1915) Khaki Dye for White Undress Uniform, General Order No. Monitor and the C.S.S. 56 (1901) Puget Sound, Naval Station to Navy Yard, General Order No. Captain Black recommends tow to rear area. A wild, wet, and dangerous night was spent by all hands, afloat or ashore. Recover, tow to Guam, dock, refloated 11/20/45, Stripped, abandonment 10/29/45. Influenza at the United States Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C. 1 (1863) Rules to Disseminate General Orders, General Order No. 9 (1863) Observance of Paroles, General Order No. The sudden shift of the storm caught many ships and small craft in the constricted waters of Buckner Bay (Nakagusuku Wan) and they were unable to escape to sea. On 9 October, when the storm passed over the island, winds of 80 knots (92 miles per hour) and 30-35 foot waves battered the ships and craft in the bay and tore into the quonset huts and buildings ashore. As a result of the experience in the earlier typhoon in September, extra stocks of food and tentage were to be stored on Okinawa. 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Yahara and Cho clashed often over tactics, but the general eventually relented and allowed Colonel Yahara to return to his former tactical doctrine of “retreat and defend.”, After the war, Yahara’s U.S. Army interrogation officer noted, “Quiet and unassuming, yet possessed of a keen mind and a fine discernment, Colonel Yahara is, from all reports, an eminently capable officer, described by some POWs as ‘the brain’ of the 32nd Army.”. Refloated 10/25/45. Ready to proceed to U.S. Refloated 10/24/45. Decommissioned 11/24/45. Many other ships had similar stories. Indeed, due to the later two American atomic bomb attacks that ended the war in sudden flashes, the fight for the island fortress was to be the last such ground combat between them. The Japanese landed on the island in 1609. 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One after another, these Imperial outposts fell to the Americans, who were clawing their way ever closer to the Japanese home islands. Food stocks were left for only 10 days. Up to that time of the 16th advisory (080600Z), the storm was following a fairly predictable path to the NW, and was expected to pass between Formosa and Okinawa and on into the East China Sea. [Commander U-boats] War Log, 24-31 May 1941, The Sinking of the USS Housatonic by the Submarine CSS H.L. Extract on the Typhoon from Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas report on the Surrender and Occupation of Japan Annex A. Typhoon "Louise" The 9 October 1945 Storm at Okinawa. Ships of occupation groups anchored in Amami O Shima anchorage had a rough time, with winds over 70 knots; and Japan, from Nagasaki to Tokyo, was alerted for the storm. "Muifa" (July 2011) Sustaining winds of about 65 knots gusting to 78 knots. Air operations were under the command of Vice Admiral G.D. Murray, and Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood was in charge of American submarine forces. Admiral William B. Caperton of the 1918 Influenza on Armored Cruiser No. During this period, the wind shifted to the north, and then to the northwest, and began to blow ships back off the west and north reefs of the Bay and across to the south, sometimes dragging anchor the entire way. Related Typhoons and Hurricanes Sources: Hurricanes and the War of 1812: Documents on Selected Storms Affecting Naval Operations. 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You can check the latest information on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. remembering okinawa history THE UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION PERIOD 1945 TO 1972 This site is dedicated to those individuals who spent time on Okinawa during the US administration period between 1945 and 1972 and have fond memories of what the "Rock" was like in the "old days". 232 (1877) Working Hours at Navy Yards and Stations, General Order No. Its code name: Iceberg. A powerful typhoon wreaked havoc with the U.S. Navy’s task force 38 in December 1944. 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It was not until 1000 on the 10th that the winds fell to a steady 40 knots and rains slackened. 1918 Influenza by Vice Admiral Albert Gleaves, Commander of Convoy Operations in the Atlantic, 1917-1919. Beneath Nimitz was the huge joint Army-Navy Central Pacific Task Forces headed by U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, commander of the Fifth Fleet. Please rest assured as not all of these typhoons hit Okinawa. Over 60 planes were damaged as well, though most were repairable. Typhoons and Hurricanes: The Effects of Cyclonic Winds on U.S. Twenty hours of torrential rain soaked everything, made quagmires of roads, and ruined virtually all stores. Damaged - considered unsalvageable. Source: Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas Report, Serial 0395 of 11 February 1946, World War II Command File, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, DC. Typhoon Party on Okinawa July 1970 plus Our Fantastic Record Collections When typhoons hit, we were restricted to our barracks, so we partied. These were enroute on 9 October, and in less than a week after the storm, supplies were fairly well built up; emergency mess halls and sleeping quarters had been erected for all hands, and 7500 men had been processed for return to the United States. 55 (1901) Decorations for Philippine Islands and Boxer Rebellion, General Order No. 123 (1869) Uniform Change for Masters, Ensigns & Midshipmen, General Order No. Naval Anecdotes Relating to HMS Leopard Versus USS Chesapeake, 24 June 1807. Typhoon Damage at Okinawa. 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The islands of Kwajalein, Majuro, and Eniwetok were taken, opening the sea lanes for further battles in the Marianas, where the defenders of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam waited to be slaughtered. The first three dynasties exercised their control probably only in their adjacent areas. Installations suffered far more severely. Decommissioned 11/23/45, Damaged - extent unknown. 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