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June 23, 1995 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the cost of more than 14,000 American dead, U.S. forces seized Okinawa in the bloodiest battle of World War II, one that took the lives of more than 220,000 Japanese. Then, for 27 years--two decades longer than the United States occupied mainland Japan--U.S. military proconsuls ruled Japan's 47th prefecture until the island chain was returned to the Tokyo government.
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June 23, 1995 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the cost of more than 14,000 American dead, U.S. forces seized Okinawa in the bloodiest battle of World War II, one that took the lives of more than 220,000 Japanese. Then, for 27 years--two decades longer than the United States occupied mainland Japan--U.S. military proconsuls ruled Japan's 47th prefecture until the island chain was returned to the Tokyo government.
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