Toshie Asato still regrets that she could not save the life of her 9-month-old baby in the closing days of World War II 70 years ago.

The 94-year-old Okinawan left her home in the village of Kitanakagusuku in the central part of Okinawa island in April 1945, carrying her baby daughter, Kazuko, to escape from massive U.S. air raids that local people called an "iron windstorm."

Before reaching a cave in the southern part of the island, Asato lost her mother and in-laws.