Record of Miyamori Elementary School accident published

Record of Miyamori Elementary School accident published

On May 27, at the Ryukyu Shimpo Chubu Branch in Okinawa City, members of the NPO Life and Peace Storytellers Ishikawa Miyamori 6-30 Group announced the publication of a testimony record of the crash by a U.S. military aircraft onto Miyamori Elementary School.


May 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A compilation of newspaper articles, press reports and testimonies about the crash of a U.S. military aircraft onto Miyamori Elementary School in 1959 has been published. The title is, “We do not want to die, call for life, we want to forget, we do not want you to forget, we will never let it be forgotten. An aircraft crashed onto Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa.”

The book is made up of pictures of family members, the aircraft and the school taken immediately after the accident, as well as newspaper articles with testimony from U.S. military personnel and commentary on compensation issues. It also includes background information about the movie about the incident called Himawari and feature articles about the danger involved in the Osprey being deployed to Futenma Air Station.

The chair of the non-profit organization Life and Peace Storytellers Ishikawa Miyamori 6-30 Group, Mitsuki Toyohama, who was working at the morgue at the time of the accident, also included his personal notes and lecture scripts.

Toyohama states, “Children of people who survived the Battle of Okinawa were victims of the accident. If there was no war the U.S. military bases would not be here and the accident would not have occurred.” The testimony record is 221 pages long and sells for 1800 yen. Proceeds will be used for the construction fund of a permanent exhibition “Hall 6-30.” For inquiries and orders, call the 6-30 Group Office at 090 (8293) 8615. (“6-30” refers to June 30 when the accident occurred in 1959.)

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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