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Since 1945 and continuing for as far and one can foresee, the issue of U.S. forces struggling on battlegrounds with large, potentially hostile, culturally diverse populations will continue to resonate. The “lessons learned” from Okinawa will continue to provide guidance.
Courtney A. Short holds a PhD in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and specializes in Military, American, and Japanese History, as well as Race and Identity Studies. She previously served as Assistant Professor and Deputy Department Head of History at The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She is a contributing author for the edited volume, The Worst Military Leaders in History and won Honorable Mention for the 2017 Edward M. Coffman First-Manuscript Prize.
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