Takejiro Higa
Military Intelligence Service

Pre-Invasion of Okinawa

Takejiro Higa

Officers find "Takejiro" too difficult to pronounce; "Junior" becomes his nickname.

General Claude Easley treats Takejiro like a grandson. When the general is later killed in battle he is devastated.

One day, Takejiro is ordered to report to corps headquarters. There he sees a huge map of the southern half of Okinawa. He freezes as if doused with a bucket of ice water; he realizes the next target is Okinawa.