Vintage 1945 wwii okinawa japan army navy softball (14) autographs nichols team
* PLEASE VIEW ALL PICTURES AS LIGHTING ON PRODUCT MAY VARY. MOST OFTEN THE DARKER THE PHOTO IS MOST DESCRIPTIVE OF THE ITEM COLOR.> IF NO PICTURES YET, THE LISTING IS IN PROGRESS... PLEASE CONTACT SELLER FOR UPLOADS WITHIN 24 HOURS <ITEM : VINTAGE 1945 WWII OKINAWA JAPAN ARMY NAVY SOFTBALL (14) AUTOGRAPHS NICHOLS TEAM. THE BALL IS A VINTAGE OFFICIAL DURO SEAM AMERICA'S FINEST SOFT BALL U.U. PAT. NO 519304721861157 NO. A482 12 INCH SIZE KAPOCK CENTER HORSEHIDE COVERSIGNATURES ARE BOLD & REMARKABLY CLEAN. TO THE BEST OF MY RESEARCH THE INDIVIDUALS ARE AS FOLLOWS:STANLEY DAGELIS "KORSTEN KILLERS" MASSACHUSETTS Stanley C. “Ticket” Dagelis, 94, of 187 Snake Pond Road, Gardner died peacefully, Friday, January 18, 2013 in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner. Born in Gardner on August 9, 1918, he was the son of the late Charles and Amelia (Kulvete) Dagelis. Stanley was employed by Heywood Wakefield Company of Gardner as a foreman in the lumber yard department and was a dry kiln operator for 37 years, retiring in 1972. He attended Gardner High School, Gardner. Stanley was a United States WWII Army Veteran and received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Medal. He was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner. Stanley was also a member of the Lithuanian Club of Gardner and the Deer Club of Gardner. Stanley enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing and hunting. He was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He loved watching Western television shows, his favorites were Gunsmoke, Bonanza and John Wayne movies. Stanley also enjoyed watching the Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and The Price is Right. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine (Trinque) Dagelis who died January 6, 2009. Stanley leaves one sister, Jadwiga Engman and her husband George of Westminster; one special niece, Donna Courtemanche and her husband Randy of Templeton; two other nieces, Eileen Aiken and her husband Bruce of Palm Beach, Gardens, FL, Shirley Engman of Utica, NY; two nephews, Carl Engman and his wife Sarah of Punta Gorda, FL, Glenn Engman and his wife Paula of Revere and several cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Reilly and Helen Adams. JACK BERLIN "PRO KITTENS"FRED "SLATS" SLATTERY NICHOLS ALL STARSH.T. KORTSEN "COSA GRANDE ( ARIZONA ) CUTIESOTT HAACK "JUST PLAIN F.O."A. VALSCIK PITTSBURGH PIRATES "42"JOHN G HIRT "GLADEWATER ( TEXAS ) STAGGERS"HAKE'S "BAKERSFIELD ( CALIFORNIA ) BUGGARS"OLNEY BLACKBURN " NICHOLS SLUGGERS"JOHN ENGLISH "HOOSIER HOT SHOTS" 1900-194-- ( BEING COMEDIC THAT HE MAY DIE IN BATTLE ) ROGER FRENCH " SACKTIMERS "ORLO MILLS CARTHAGE, MISS. ( MISSISSIPPI )J.O. SULONICK SULOVICK SALONICK or SALOVICK " N.Y. YANKEES 1943 "ANDY ANDERSON " BENCH WARMER "LIGHT USE, NO DENTS OR CRACKS, JUST LIGHT SURFACE WEARThe Battle of Okinawa was the last major battle of World War II, and one of the bloodiest. On April 1, 1945—Easter Sunday—the Navy’s Fifth Fleet and more than 180,000 U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps troops descended on the Pacific island of Okinawa for a final push towards Japan. The invasion was part of Operation Iceberg, a complex plan to invade and occupy the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa.Okinawa IslandBy the time American troops landed on Okinawa, the war on the European front was nearing its end. Allied and Soviet troops had liberated much of Nazi-occupied Europe and were just weeks away from forcing Germany’s unconditional surrender.On the Pacific front, however, American forces were still painstakingly conquering Japan’s Home Islands, one after another. After obliterating Japanese troops in the brutal Battle of Iwo Jima, they set their sights on the isolated island of Okinawa, their last stop before reaching Japan.Okinawa’s 466 square miles of dense foliage, hills and trees made it the perfect location for the Japanese High Command’s last stand to protect their motherland. They knew if Okinawa fell, so would Japan. The Americans knew securing Okinawa’s airbases was critical to launching a successful Japanese invasion.Landing on the BeachheadsAs dawn arrived on April 1, morale was low among American troops as the Fifth Fleet launched the largest bombardment ever to support a troop landing to soften Japanese defenses.Soldiers and Army brass alike expected the beach landings to be a massacre worse than D-Day. But the Fifth Fleet’s offensive onslaught was almost pointless and landing troops could have literally swum to shore—surprisingly, the expected mass of awaiting Japanese troops wasn’t there.On D-Day, American troops fought hard for every inch of beachhead—but troops landing on Okinawa’s beaches surged inland with little resistance. Wave after wave of troops, tanks, ammunition and supplies went ashore almost effortlessly within hours. The troops quickly secured both Kadena and Yontan airfields.The Enemy WaitsJapan’s 32nd Army, some 130,000 men strong and commanded by Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima, defended Okinawa. The military force also included an unknown number of conscripted civilians and unarmed Home Guards known as Boeitai.As they moved inland, American troops wondered when and where they’d finally encounter enemy resistance. What they didn’t know was the Japanese Imperial Army had them just where they wanted them.Japanese troops had been instructed not to fire on the American landing forces but instead watch and wait for them, mostly in Shuri, a rugged area of southern Okinawa where General Ushijima had set up a triangle of defensive positions known as the Shuri Defense Line.Battleship YamatoAmerican troops who headed North to the Motobu Peninsula endured intense resistance and over 1,000 casualties, but won a decisive battle relatively quickly. It was different along the Shuri Line where they had to overcome a series of heavily-defended hills loaded with firmly-entrenched Japanese troops.On April 7, Japan’s mighty battleship Yamato was sent to launch a surprise attack on the Fifth Fleet and then annihilate American troops pinned down near the Shuri Line. But Allied submarines spotted the Yamato and alerted the fleet who then launched a crippling air attack. The ship was bombarded and sank along with most of its crew.After the Americans cleared a series of outposts surrounding the Shuri Line, they fought many fierce battles including clashes on Kakazu Ridge, Sugar Loaf Hill, Horseshoe Ridge and Half Moon Hill. Torrential rains made the hills and roads watery graveyards of unburied bodies.Casualties were enormous on both sides by the time the Americans took Shuri Castle in late May. Defeated yet not beaten, the Japanese retreated to the southern coast of Okinawa where they made their last stand.Kamikaze WarfareThe kamikaze suicide pilot was Japan’s most ruthless weapon. On April 4, the Japanese unleashed these well-trained pilots on the Fifth Fleet. Some dove their planes into ships at 500 miles per hour causing catastrophic damage.American sailors tried desperately to shoot them down but were often sitting ducks against enemy pilots with nothing to lose. During the Battle of Okinawa, the Fifth Fleet suffered:· 36 sunk ships· 368 damaged ships· 4,900 men killed or drowned· 4,800 men wounded· 763 lost aircraftHacksaw RidgeThe Maeda Escarpment, also known as Hacksaw Ridge, was located atop a 400-foot vertical cliff. The American attack on the ridge began on April 26. It was a brutal battle for both sides.To defend the escarpment, Japanese troops hunkered down in a network of caves and dugouts. They were determined to hold the ridge and decimated some American platoons until just a few men remained.Much of the fighting was hand-to-hand and particularly ruthless. The Americans finally took Hacksaw Ridge on May 6.All Americans who fought in the Battle of Okinawa were heroic, but one soldier at the escarpment stood out—Corporal Desmond T. Doss. He was an army medic and Seventh-Day Adventist who refused to raise a gun to the enemy.Still, he remained on the escarpment after his commanding officers ordered a retreat. Surrounded by enemy soldiers, he went alone into the battle fray and rescued 75 of his wounded comrades. His heroic story was brought to life on the big screen in 2016 in the film Hacksaw Ridge.Suicide or SurrenderMost Japanese troops and Okinawa citizens believed Americans took no prisoners and they’d be killed on the spot if captured. As a result, countless took their own lives.To encourage their surrender, General Buckner initiated propaganda warfare and dropped millions of leaflets declaring the war was all but lost for Japan.About 7,000 Japanese soldiers surrendered, but many chose death by suicide. Some jumped from high hills, others blew themselves up with grenades.When faced with the reality that further fighting was futile, General Ushijima and his Chief of Staff, General Cho, committed ritual suicide on June 22, effectively ending the Battle of Okinawa. 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