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Monument of friendship between U.S. military and local residents established on Tohoku island 

  • March 8, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Monday’s Yomiuri and Sankei reported on the unveiling on Sunday on Oshima Island in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, of a plaque created by local residents to remember their bonds of friendship with the U.S. military, which extended relief and helped reconstruct the island that was severely damaged by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Residents were stranded because the island was cut off from the mainland. About 600 U.S. Marines helped rebuild the island as part of the U.S. military’s Operation Tomodachi. Maj. Caleb Eames at the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit who took part in the operation ten years ago and has kept in touch with the local residents attended the ceremony. 

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