We landed Marines on Okinawa April 1st of 1945 which resulted in roughly 50,000 casualties with nearly 12,000 killed. Supposedly this island was of great importance for air bases to later mount an assault on the Japanese mainland but just a few months later in August we dropped the bomb there instead and this invasion never happened. It makes me wonder if all those American lives were squandered taking an island that we could have just nuked a few months later instead of taking it the hard way. I have to wonder who made this decision and why. Anybody have any insight into this? I've researched it and come up blank and am left thinking that by that point in the war mass casualties were just accepted as routine and the politicians in DC along with military command just didn't care.