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Today in World War II History—April 2, 1945

US Army XXIV Corps on Okinawa, April 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

US Army XXIV Corps on Okinawa, April 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—April 2, 1945: US Tenth Army reaches the east coast on Okinawa, dividing the island.

On Okinawa, US opens Yontan and Kadena airfields for emergency and reconnaissance use; first aircraft lands at Yontan, a Marine Corps OY observation aircraft.