Okinawa Army Hospital Haebaru Bunkers No.20

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Okinawa Army Hospital Haebaru Bunkers No.20

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brinkster
washington DC73 contributions
A reminder of the poor treatment of those wounded in island fighting
Aug 2019
I took this tour as part of a Kadena-based ITT tour, and would recommend a stop at the main hospital museum. There you can read the history of the effort to build underground hospitals, see relics of war, hear eye witness stories, and walk through a creepy mock-up of the wartime tunnel, with bloodied mannequins to boot!
The actual tunnel itself is empty (short drive away). There is a small display of medical supplies (and a microscope!) unearthed by the entrance (the better to come back later and get them), and some Korean grafitti, but all of the wooden bunks and anything else useful is long gone. An interesting part in the movie is a local man who went into the cave as a boy to get lumber to build a shed. When finding remains on a bunk he wanted, he just dumped them on the ground and took the wood. An interesting view of how those surrounded by death normalize it.
Did the US forces set fire to the cave when they found it? Certainly as it wasnt marked, and the Japanese had a habit of not surrendering/fighting to the last. So probably some grenades, a stream from a flamethrower, and that was that. Luckily, there was no one else alive in the cave, as you learn that Japanese patients who could not be evacuated were poisoned by their doctors with potassium cyanide with milk. Hippocratic Oath, indeed!
Written August 20, 2019
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Nana N
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan59 contributions
Worth to visit
Sep 2017
This place is the most peaceful and sad place at the same time.
You can go inside and see how people survived through the world war 2 with local volunteer guide (you need to book before you visit if you need English speaking guide).
Teen girls at the time, they were forced to take care injured Japanese soldiers with few knowledge of nursing, desperate to survive in the war.
You can have experience of scent of inside of air-raid shelter at the time if you would like.
Also, there is Haebaru culture center located near air-raid shelter and they have replica of Okinawa Army Hospital bunkers No.20 that you can see, touch, and learn many things from there.
My recommendation is to visit Haebaru culture center first, and then go into air-raid shelter.
What the guide told me is an air-raid shelter might be closed in few years (or in 10 to 20 years) because of progress in aging inside of bunkers.
If you are interested in learning about Okinawa war, you better go visit as soon as when you have a chance.
Written August 27, 2018
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OkiFan
Okinawa City, Japan18 contributions
Major part of Okinawan history
Jan 2018 • Couples
Explored the Haebaru Peace Museum first and then paid a bit extra for a guided tour of the hospital cave. You walk the actual path that young girls used to run down to get supplies for the hospital. Even going into the cave you can't imagine the conditions during the war and what soldiers and civilians and even young school girls went through during the Battle of Okinawa.
Written March 24, 2018
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JugemJugem
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Wartime Site
Feb 2018 • Solo
This is not a Gama (mean a cave in Okinawan dialect) but a dugout which was dug by hand.
This dugout is not a facility where you can visit freely, but the guide will guide you carefully.
Although this dugout has information that reservation is necessary, I could see without reservation. You may need to make a reservation during the weekend and school excursion season.
You can take pictures, but I could not take pictures too much because the humidity in the dugout was high.
A part of the dugout is subjected to urethane painting to prevent collapse.
In the dugout remains black burnt walls and pile wood of burned scum, they were burned by the US army.
Written February 22, 2018
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