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"You really don't realize how destructive war is until you really see it." (Audio Interview, 10:49)

   Tony Fileff
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Tony Fileff June 1943
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Marine Corps; Marine Corps
Unit: 22nd Regiment, 6th Marine Division; 22nd Regiment, 6th Marine Division
Service Location: Hawaiian Islands; Guam (Mariana Islands); Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands); China; also: Korea
Rank: First Lieutenant; First Lieutenant
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When he volunteered to go to Okinawa as part of the replacement troops, Marine Corps First Lieutenant Tony Fileff was unprepared for the "utter destruction" that he observed upon landing on the island. Arriving midway through the battle, he was stunned to see the devastating effects of the war on the Okinawan civilian population, as well as on the Japanese and American forces. Witnessing starving and wounded women and children crawl out of their hiding places in caves left an indelible mark on the young Marine.

Interview (Audio)
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»Photo Album  (10 photos)
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 Official Documents (4 items)
Letter from Commandant of the Marine Corps [10/30/1945] Letter from Director, Marine Corps Reserve [8/13/1952] Special Orders #352-45 [10/24/1945]
Certificate stating that Lt. Fileff was present during surrender of the Japanese in the area of Tsingtao, China [10/1945]  
 Other Materials (2 items)
Newsclipping, "Lt. A. Fileff Training at Quantico, VA" [1951] Map, "Location of our battalion at June 18-21, 1945" 

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