United States Military Government of the Ryukyu Islands

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United States Military Government of the Ryukyu Islands
Military occupation
Flag Coat of arms
Location of the Ryukyu Islands (shaded red)
in the East China Sea.
Capital Not specified
Languages Japanese
Political structure Military occupation
U.S. President
 •  1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt (first)
 •  1945–1950 Harry S. Truman (last)
 •  1945 LTG Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (first)
 •  1950 MG Robert S. Beightler (last)
Historical era Cold War
 •  Battle of Okinawa April 1, 1945
 •  Founding of USCAR December 15, 1950
Currency A Yen (to July 1948)
B yen (July 1948–Sep 1958)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Empire of Japan
United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands

The United States Military Government of the Ryukyu Islands (琉球列島米国軍政府, Ryūkyū-rettō Beikoku Gunseifu?) was the government in Okinawa, Japan from 1945 to 1950, whereupon it was replaced by the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands.

The government was headed by the military governor (軍政長官, Gunsei Chōkan?) and his second-in-command, the Chief Military Government Officer (軍政府長官, Gunsei-fu Chōkan?). They were assisted by the Deputy Commander of the Military Government (軍政府副長官, Gunsei-fu Fuku-chōkan?).[1]


Tenure Portrait Incumbent Notes
1 April 1945 to 18 June 1945 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIMON B. BUCKNER in Okinawa.jpg LTG Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. Killed in the Battle of Okinawa
18 June 1945 to 23 June 1945 Roy Geiger.jpg GEN Roy Geiger Acting Governor
23 June 1945 to 16 October 1945 2WWstilwell.JPG GEN Joseph Stilwell Acting Governor to 31 July 1945
June 1945 to 23 April 1945 MG Fred Clute Wallace Commanding General, Island Command Okinawa
17 October 1945 to 29 December 1945 BG Lawrence A. Lawson
30 December 1945 to 26 February 1946 BG Fremont Byron Hodson Sr.
27 February 1946 to 21 May 1946 MG Leo Donovan
24 May 1946 to 11 May 1948 BG Frederic Lord Hayden
12 May 1948 to 30 September 1949 MG William W. Eagles
1 October 1949 to 21 July 1950 MG Josef R. Sheetz
28 July 1950 to 6 December 1950 Robert B. McClure.jpg MG Robert B. McClure
6 December 1950 to 9 December 1950 BG Harry B. Sherman Acting Governor
9 December 1950 to 15 December 1950 Robert S Beightler.jpg MG Robert S. Beightler

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ja:琉球列島米国軍政府
  2. ^ "Okinawa and Ryukyu Islands". worldstatesmen.org. B. Cahoon. Retrieved 23 September 2015.