About Naha Kokusaidori Shopping Street

Miraculous 1 mile"" The root of Kokusai street

The origin of Kokusai-dori is that there is a movie theater called "Ernie Pyle International Theater" near the current Tenbusu Naha.
Because of that, it got the name of this street.

Because I want people after the war to enjoy entertainment around Kokusai-dori, which was empty at that time.
A private company built this theater with the cooperation of the U.S. military government and the Ryukyu government,
and was a U.S. war correspondent during World War II.
Named Ernie Pyle who died in the Okinawa ground battle,
It is said that it has come to be called "Kokusai-dori" from "the street where Ernie Pyle International Theater is located".

Ernie Pyle, international theather…(1 mile called miracle- from story of Okinawa Kokusai street

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Satoshi Ohama
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Okinawa War correspondent Ernie Pyle

After actually landing, he wrote about the state of the Okinawan village that he saw during the march.
 "Okinawa I actually saw was no different than most of America's land. For the Marines, it was more like America than anywhere I've seen in the last three years. The climate is temperate rather than tropical, and the plants are. Yes. There are some tropical plants on the beach, probably pandanus bushes, but there are plenty of fir trees with horizontal branches. My troops were in the first two days. The village I passed through was beautifully cultivated. It reminded me of the late summer, when everything in Indiana began to dry and became brown, with small steps extending gently from the coast. "
 (Ernie Pyle "Last Chapter") On April 16th, Ernie Pyle landed on Ie Island with the 77th Division for the final interview in Okinawa.
 Iejima is a remote island where the most fierce battles took place.

The battle on a small island with a circumference of 22 km was later said to be "a reduction in the scale of the main island of Okinawa." Two days later, on the 18th, Ernie Pyle headed to the front line in a jeep with the commander of the regiment.
 As I approached the outskirts of the village, I was shot by a machine gun from a Japanese soldier hiding in a hill beside the road. The two rolled out of the jeep and lay down in a ditch beside them.
 Eventually, the area became quiet, and it was when Pile raised his head to see what was going on. I received a bullet again. The bullet hit the pile's left temple from below the edge of the iron helmet.
 War correspondent Ernie Pyle thus died on the battlefield. I was 44 years old.

"The war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who was loved by his colleagues, soldiers and generals, was killed in action after being pierced by a Japanese machine bullet this morning. The death of a famous contributor was about 10:15 am, about one temple ahead of the headquarters. (At Iejima Command, Ryukyu Islands) "(" Uruma Shinpo ") AP Den on April 18 Is.
 Three days after Ernie Pyle was killed, Iejima fell completely into the hands of the US military.

After that, a grave marker was erected at the place where he died in the war, and the unveiling ceremony was held by the US military on July 1, after the end of the Battle of Okinawa.
 "The 77th Infantry Division loses its comrade Ernie Pyle here on April 18, 1945," the monument says.
 If Ernie Pyle survived and watched until the end of the Battle of Okinawa, it was said that "a war that put together all the hell in one place", and how did he convey the Battle of Okinawa involving a large number of residents? .. I'm interested.