"Early in the morning Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines had attacked eastward into the rains of Shuri Castle and had raised the Confederate flag. When we learned the flag of the Confederacy had been hoisted over the very heart and soul of Japanese resistance, all of us Southerners Cheered loudly. The Yankees among us grumbled , and the Westerners didn’t know what to do." E.B. Sledge, private, 1st Marine Div., Battle of Okinawa, from Mobile, Ala.