According to records, Shuri Castle burned several times, and was reconstructed each time. Before the war, it was designated a National Treasure, but during the war, the Japanese military set up its headquarters underground at the castle, and beginning on May 25, 1945, the American battleship Mississippi shelled it for three days. On May 27 it burned. After the battle a Confederate Battle Flag was hoisted above the castle by the Marine self entitled "Rebel Company" (Company A of the 5th Marine Regiment). It was visible for over two miles and stayed above the castle for three days until being removed by General Simon B. Buckner, Jr.(son of Confederate General) Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. saying Americans from all parts of America helped win the battle.
Photo from Pacific Legacy Rex Smith & Gerald Meehil.
Marines shelter behind a remnant of the castle's walls.