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Corpman! Mother! Jesus! A Marine remembers Iwo Jima for the last time
The Birmingham News/AL.com ^ | 11/06/2013 | Charles Dean

Posted on 11/06/2013 2:07:24 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl

GARDENDALE, Alabama – I could tell you that as I sat across from Harold Jarvis, his 68-year-old memories of Iwo Jima came flooding back to him.

But I don't think that's true. I believe those memories never left him. Listening to Jarvis recount his memories of one of the fiercest and bloodiest battles of World War II was one of the most moving moments of my reporting life.

I have read good books about the Battle for Iwo Jima as well as press accounts of it including from the great war correspondent Ernie Pyle. But it turned out I really knew nothing about Iwo until I listened to Mr. Jarvis or rather medical corpsman Harold Jarvis, United States Marine Corps.

"It was Feb. 19, 1945. It was a Monday," said the 89-year-old Jarvis in a recent interview at his house. "I don't think I knew what day it was again after that for weeks. What day it was didn't matter. All you knew was you were still alive or dead."

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.al.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Japan; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; gardendale; haroldjarvis; iwojima; japan
Great article, please read the rest here http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/11/corpman_mother_jesus_a_marine.html#incart_river_default
1 posted on 11/06/2013 2:07:24 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl
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To: Bodleian_Girl

If he was a medical corpsman, he was in the US Navy, not the Marines.


2 posted on 11/06/2013 2:17:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Good story. I knew a Marine sniper who landed on Iwo Jima with the 28th Marines. Out of the 31 snipers who landed, 30 were wounded or KIA.


3 posted on 11/06/2013 2:32:17 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Corpman? Inexcusable.

TC


4 posted on 11/06/2013 2:39:44 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone else mentioned that in the comments under the article.


5 posted on 11/06/2013 2:41:36 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: sergeantdave

Those folks were so brave.


6 posted on 11/06/2013 2:42:26 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

My screen got blurry at the end.

He carried all that for all these years.


7 posted on 11/06/2013 2:45:15 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

IF you have not been to the National Museum of the Marine Corps you are missing one of the finest museums in the world. On the day I visited(2012) we met an older gentlemen as we entered the Iwo Jima exhibit in the museum. His knowledge of the event was uncanny and he spoke with a thousand mile stare. It finally struck me that this man was a on Iwo Jima during the battle. He confirmed it when I asked him. I told him it was an honor and thrill to meet a man who knew what Chester Nimitz said of the Marines who fought at Iwo Jima:
“Uncommon VALOR was a common virtue on Iwo Jima.”

BTW, one of my prized possessions is a jar full of black sand from Landing Zone Green. My nephew, a Marine was able to visit Iwo Jima while stationed in Japan.


8 posted on 11/06/2013 3:09:46 PM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

We’re changing the language to accomodate The One.


9 posted on 11/06/2013 3:16:24 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

Although, I suppose the dumbasss could still pronounce the “P”.


10 posted on 11/06/2013 3:17:11 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Bodleian_Girl
My Father was a Marine, 25 years, he was on Saipan and a few of the other islands but not Iwo. He never talked about that war, Koera or his experiences during them. Typical for the Great Generation. He is why I became a Marine. I grew as a Marine Brat and later as a young man being a Marine. Simper Fi
11 posted on 11/06/2013 3:36:35 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

A powerful story if you have a moment and the courage.


12 posted on 11/06/2013 3:51:46 PM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Aren't corpsman honorary Marines 2DV?
13 posted on 11/06/2013 4:01:28 PM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Simper Fi

Semper. You must have caught the spelling virus from Bodleian_Girl!

14 posted on 11/06/2013 4:03:23 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I read the whole thing and that jumped off the page at me. That's such a error it makes me wonder. Was he in USMC and they just made him a medical type guy because they had a shortage. James Bradley's (Flags of Our Fathers) dad was a Navy Corpsman.
15 posted on 11/06/2013 4:30:28 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: Always A Marine

I guess I did. LOL


16 posted on 11/06/2013 4:47:25 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: LeonardFMason

Have an uncle buried at the Iwo cemetary.

His brother said to leave him there he told

them after visiting it.Said it was so beautiful.

RIP Harvey Frye,21 yrs old


17 posted on 11/06/2013 5:03:45 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Portcall24

No, they don’t do that. All medical personnel serving the USMC are in the Navy. Corpsmen, nurses, technicians, orderlies, physicians and everyone else are Navy.


18 posted on 11/06/2013 5:05:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: HenpeckedCon

Yes, but that’s not an official designation.


19 posted on 11/06/2013 5:08:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’re right. Looks like they tried to get it right, but...Here’s the obit: Harold Jarvis, November 5, 2013age 88, of Mt. Olive, AL, passed away on Nov. 5, 2013. He was retired from Eastern Airlines and was a substitute teacher. He was a member of First Baptist Mt. Olive, a member of the Marine Corps League and a Mason for over 60 years and was a member of the Metro West 927 Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Greatest Generation, and proudly served in the United States Navy and as a Marine Corpsman during WWII.


20 posted on 11/06/2013 6:10:13 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: Bodleian_Girl

My uncle was in the battle for Okinawa. To this day he has never spoken of it that I know of. And he despises the Japanese.


21 posted on 11/06/2013 7:20:11 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

The Iwo medic I used to know (he passed a few years ago) was US Navy, but assigned to the Marines.


22 posted on 11/06/2013 8:43:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Harold Shea

My nephew said Iwo was surreal. He said that no one chatted. Everyone remained quiet and toured the beaches, Surabachi, and a few other areas. The only thing heard was the howling of the wind, which caused strange sounds as it whistled in an out of the volcanic rock. No seabirds were seen or heard. He said it was a little spooky. To this very day there are areas deemed unsafe because of unexploded ordinance. As my nephew took in the silence he couldn’t help but think of how loud the place was in Feb/Mar of 1945.


23 posted on 11/07/2013 10:23:17 AM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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