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Archives Branch: Campaign Collections

Official records documenting the Marine Corps' involvement in various campaigns.



Official Documents from the Okinawa Campaign

Documents include operation plans, operation orders, field orders, intelligence reports, action reports, administrative orders, captured Japanese documents, official correspondence, field messages, studies, and memoranda concerning operations on Okinawa and the Nansei-Shoto/Ryuku Islands.

Documents were produced by the US Pacific Fleet, III Marine Amphibious Corps, the 1st Marine Division, 2d Marine Division, the 6th Marine Division, and the 10th Army.

If you have any questions about these collections, please contact the Archives at (703) 784-4685 or


Index to Okinawa Personal Papers Collections


This index highlights collections found in the Archives Branch concerning Marine Corps involvement in the Okinawa campaign, April 1945–August 1945.

The criteria for selecting collections for inclusion in this index is limited to those personal papers that contain materials pertinent to the study of the Okinawa campaign. Collections in this index are comprised of official Marine Corps records, documents, and publications; letters and correspondence; manuscripts; photographs; maps; memoirs and reminiscences; clippings and articles; oral histories and interviews; and realia and ephemera.

Harold N. Flagg on Okinawa, April 1945

Okinawa Photographs


The Archives Branch maintains a Flickr page dedicated to showcasing photographs found in our collections. 
Photographs relevant to the study of the Okinawa campaign during World War II include images of war dogs; mechanics tending aircraft on Yontan airfield; and the 8th Regimental Combat Team beach landing, among others.
Please note that some of the photographs found on our Flickr pages are considered public domain and have been cleared for release. While some imagery is public domain, any use of such imagery from this site must be attributed to the U.S. Marine Corps, or the individual photographer. Photographs may not be used to deface the reputation of the Marine Corps, its personnel, or policies.  Additionally, some imagery on this site may fall under copyright protection, such as imagery from personal photo collections donated to the Archives. Please contact us for more information regarding proper use of and/or copyright restrictions for these images.


Okinawa Maps


The Archives Branch maintains a collection of original maps from the Okinawa campaign, to include the overlays, appendices, and enclosures from the Divisional operation plans and after action reports.

Some of these maps are available in digital format.  Please contact the Archives for more information.


Okinawa Monographs and Publications from the Marine Corps History Division

Available as full-text, searchable PDFs from the Government Publishing Office or

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