Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

Service held for war dead of former Ourasaki Camp, where 400 bones remain unrecovered

A memorial service was held to honor those who died at the former Ourasaki Camp, which was built immediately after the Battle of Okinawa. About 10:00 a.m. on June 24, in front of the gate of U.S. military camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago


June 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:00 a.m. on July 24, in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, a memorial service was held to mourn the loss of those who died at the former Ourasaki Camp. The camp was built in U.S. military camp Schwab immediately after the Battle of Okinawa.

About 100 people opposed to the construction of a new base that is part of the plan to relocate the Futenma airfield from Ginowan, prayed for world peace in front of a temporary altar.

It is the third memorial service to be held this year.

Takamatsu Gushiken, president of Gamafuya, a volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of human remains from the Battle of Okinawa, explained that about 400 people had died in Ourasaki, and remains had not been collected following the war.

The U.S. military housed residents from not only the northern area but also from the central and southern areas there, many among them dying of malnutrition and malaria.

(English translation by T&CT)

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