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Oldest surviving officer in Battle of Iwo Jima dies
News4Jax ^ | 2-20-17 | By Mike Vasilinda

Posted on 02/23/2017 12:29:54 PM PST by smokingfrog

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The oldest surviving officer from the Battle of Iwo Jima has died.

Lt. Gen. Larry Snowden died over the weekend at the age of 95 in the state Capitol. Those who knew him called him a Marine's Marine, and a general's general.

Snowden was a 23-year-old captain, commanding 200 men at Iwo Jima.

Snowden told News4Jax in 2013 that one of WWII’s most famous battles was far different than the romanticized version.

“I've read many accounts that says when the flag went up, the troops all over the island stood up and cheered. No way," Snowden said. "Where I was, (if) you stood up, you were a dead Marine.”

Snowden was wounded twice and went back into action despite having a 1½-year-old son at home.

“I had a momentary flash of what it would mean to me if somebody were telling me that my son is dead,” Snowden said.

For many, just knowing him was an honor.

“He is skillful and courageous in battle," Col. Glen Suttfin said. "He was gracious to the defeated. He always took care of his troops, and they didn't necessarily have to be on active duty with him. It didn’t matter where they were. If they were troops, veterans, he took care of them.”

Snowden went on to fight in Korea and Vietnam.

After his tour in Vietnam, he said it was OK not to like the war.

(Excerpt) Read more at news4jax.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: iwojima; larrysnowden; marines; obituary; veteran; veterans; wwiiveterans
RIP
1 posted on 02/23/2017 12:29:54 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

RIP


2 posted on 02/23/2017 12:32:04 PM PST by laplata ( Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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3 posted on 02/23/2017 12:32:27 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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Semper Fi Devil Dog, Rest in Peace


4 posted on 02/23/2017 12:33:26 PM PST by major_gaff (University of Parris Island, Class of '84)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Semper FI!


5 posted on 02/23/2017 12:44:43 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: smokingfrog
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. May he rest in peace.
6 posted on 02/23/2017 12:45:59 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (,)
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To: smokingfrog

RIP, Marine.


7 posted on 02/23/2017 12:56:46 PM PST by carriage_hill ( Poor demoncrats haven't been this mad, since the Republicans took their slaves away.)
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To: smokingfrog

RIP.


8 posted on 02/23/2017 1:10:56 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: smokingfrog

Sleep well tonight, Marine. You’ve earned your place in Heaven.

Semper fi
Do or Die


9 posted on 02/23/2017 2:10:27 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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