Skip to comments.Corpman! Mother! Jesus! A Marine remembers Iwo Jima for the last time
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."
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If he was a medical corpsman, he was in the US Navy, not the Marines.
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.
Someone else mentioned that in the comments under the article.
Those folks were so brave.
My screen got blurry at the end.
He carried all that for all these years.
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.
We’re changing the language to accomodate The One.
Although, I suppose the dumbasss could still pronounce the “P”.
A powerful story if you have a moment and the courage.
Semper. You must have caught the spelling virus from Bodleian_Girl!
I guess I did. LOL
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
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.
Yes, but that’s not an official designation.
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.
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.
The Iwo medic I used to know (he passed a few years ago) was US Navy, but assigned to the Marines.
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.