Last Battle of World War II
D-Day Invasion: Easter Sunday - April 1, 1945
The Battle of Okinawa, also known as Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The 82 day long battle lasted from late March through June 1945.
(One of the last in World War II. I posted Sgt. Kinser's story because he was from my home volunteer state of Tennessee, and we both served in the same 1st Marine Regiment during the battle of Okinawa and on Peleliu before that. However, we were in a different Battalion and a different Company.)
Elbert Kinser was born in Greeneville, Tennessee on October 21, 1922. He worked on his father's farm prior to joining the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps service
Kinser enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in December 1942 and received his recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
/S/ HARRY S. TRUMAN