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Shogun-Okinawan veterans

Hideaki Sakihama, 18th Public Affairs community relation specialist, reads to 90 visitors from a monument referring to Japan's surrender at Kadena Air Base, Japan July 23. The locals are from the Okinawa Prefectural Disabled Veterans Association visiting war-related sites such as the Peace Garden near the Youth Center and an old aircraft hanger near Gate 3. This group is very unique as they served in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, sustained injuries in the war, and have been receiving military pensions from the Government of Japan. They were not directly deployed to Okinawa during the war, but drafted from here to serve in the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon)

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