The talk will be recorded and posted to the museum’s social media accounts at a later date.

SPEAKER BIO: Guy Joseph Nasuti joined Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) as a historian in 2014. The author of over thirty ship histories for the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS), he also penned a series of acclaimed articles on kamikaze attacks against U.S. Navy ships off Okinawa for the 75th anniversary commemoration. As a member of the Public Histories and Education section, Guy continues work on other material about the U.S. Navy in World War II, including the development and creation of the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs). A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Guy served onboard amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4) during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

 DESCRIPTION: Mr. Guy Nasuti offers a preview of his new pamphlet, Assault from the Sky: The Experiences of American Sailors off Okinawa Fighting the Kamikaze. Relying on veterans’ interviews and other accounts, Mr. Nasuti discusses the experiences of Sailors who served on U.S. Navy ships that were sunk or damaged by Japanese kamikazes during the Battle of Okinawa (April 1 – June 22, 1945)

The Battle of Okinawa was the deadliest battle of World War II for the U.S. Navy.   For the first, and only time, during the war, American casualties at sea outnumbered those of U.S. troops on land.  American Sailors had to contend not only with constant kamikaze attacks, but combat fatigue, perform damage control and firefighting, survive the sinking of their ships, care for wounded comrades, and carry out traditional Burial at Sea ceremonies for fallen shipmates. These lessons in courage and perseverance have been passed down from World War II-era Sailors to those serving in the U.S. Navy today.

 


Crewmembers fight fires caused by a Kamikaze hit on the flight deck of the USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. (National Archives photograph 80-G-323712

Crewmembers fight fires caused by a Kamikaze hit on the flight deck of the USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. (National Archives photograph 80-G-323712).