April 17, 1945
Comments by Ari Phoutrides

I found this in the Admiral's memorabilia.  It is a picture of us at the Okinawa beachhead on 17 April 1945. 
We are anchored as evidenced by the anchor chain.   I think that's me right next to the signal light on the
starboard side of the signal bridge.   I can tell from the hair and the general profile.  Chief Walker is standing on
top of Mt. 52.  The Admiral's note on the back of the original photo states "Official U.S. Navy Photograph".

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