United States Army

World War II, Pacific

Killed In Action: April 28, 1945

The Battle of Okinawa was one of the largest and bloodiest American battles of the war. It began on April 1, 1945, with an island assault by more than 180,000 American soldiers and Marines. During the 82-day battle, U.S. combat losses totaled 458 airplanes, 38 ships and 4,900 sailors killed, with more than 7,600 ground troops. Private Sidney Gordon Duncan Jr. was a 24-year-old medic when he was killed on April 28, 1945. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star for his actions on Okinawa.