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  • In His Own Words: Jack Lucas, Youngest Recipient Of The Medal of Honor During WWII

    02/25/2017 2:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    War History Online ^ | September 10, 2016 | Jeff Edwards
    For many young people, the outbreak of the greatest War this planet had ever seen would come just a little too early for them to get in on the action. But Jackyln Lucas was not just any young person. This is the story of the man, actually boy, who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 at age 14. We could go on to call him a boy throughout his entire Marine Corps career, but when you are awarded the Medal of Honor as a minor, you get the benefit of the doubt to be called a man....
  • Oldest surviving officer in Battle of Iwo Jima dies

    02/23/2017 12:29:54 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    News4Jax ^ | 2-20-17 | By Mike Vasilinda
    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....
  • 72nd Anniversary of Flag Raising on Mt Suribachi

    02/23/2017 8:49:21 AM PST · by rey · 20 replies
    23 Fe 2017
    Just a reminder, to day is the 72nd anniversary of the flag raising on Mt Suribachi.
  • Today we Honor the Men of Iwo Jima

    02/19/2017 8:35:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 2/19/17 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Seventy two years ago today the United States Marine Corps sent waves of teenage men onto the black, foreboding beaches on a Japanese held island called Iwo Jima. Capturing Iwo Jima was essential to the American war against Japan as it offered a place for battered bombers to safely land which would save the lives of hundreds of airmen returning from sorties over Japan in barely flyable planes. The average age of these men was just under nineteen. They knew what was at stake and charged up Iwo’s beaches sometimes straight into enemy machine gun fire that would have stopped...
  • Marine Corps admits it misidentified man in iconic Iwo Jima photo from World War II

    06/23/2016 7:53:45 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 62 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 23 June 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    The Marine Corps admitted Thursday that it misidentified one of the six men in the World War II photograph of a flag-raising in Iwo Jima — one of the most iconic images in American history. For more than 70 years, history said John Bradley, a Navy hospital corpsman, was one of the six men seen in the legendary photo from one of the war’s bloodiest battles. But the Marines now say Bradley is nowhere in the photo — and the man believed to be Bradley is in fact Harold Schultz, a private first class.
  • Marine Corps investigating possible misidentification in iconic Iwo Jima photo

    05/02/2016 4:18:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | Scott McFetridge - AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture. The Marines announced its inquiry more than a year after Eric Krelle, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford, Ireland, began raising doubts about the identity of one man. In November 2014, the Omaha World-Herald published an extensive story about their claims and Saturday was the first to report the...
  • February 23, 1945 - the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima: quotes, history, and a documentary

    02/23/2016 2:47:46 PM PST · by harpygoddess · 12 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 02/23/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    February 19 was the anniversary of the beginning of the amphibious assault by the United States Marines on Japanese-held Iwo Jima (wiki) in 1945, during the final year of World War II. Located in the Volcano Islands, 750 miles south of Tokyo, Iwo Jima was one of the final steps in Admiral Nimitz's Central Pacific "island-hopping" campaign and was attacked both to eliminate a base from which Japanese fighter aircraft could intercept Tinian-based U.S. B-29 bombers on bombing raids against Japan and to provide those bombers the protection of U.S. fighter escorts based there, plus an emergency landing site. After...
  • World War II 'Hero of Iwo Jima,' John Keith Wells, dies in Arvada

    02/18/2016 9:43:22 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 2/15/16 | Lance Hernandez
    DENVER - America has lost a hero of Iwo Jima. First Lieutenant John Keith Wells, USMC, 94, of Wheat Ridge, died Thursday at the Arvada Care and Rehabilitation Center. Wells, who received the Navy Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, commanded the 3rd Platoon, Easy Co., 28th Marine Regiment, during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The 3rd Platoon was part of the invasion force, landing on February 19, 1945. It was a key unit in the frontal assault on Mt. Suribachi. Wells, thinking the frontal assault order from higher up was pure suicide, refused to give his marines the order...
  • PBS Documentary: Former Foe Pays Amazing Tribute to American Veterans

    11/11/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Today is Veterans Day and ironically one of the greatest tributes paid to American veterans was made by a former deadly foe. A PBS documentary, Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades, broadcast yesterday and available online, featured the 70th reunion on Iwo Jima of veterans of that bloody battle. Among the veterans was Tsuruji Akikusa, a former radioman in the Imperial Japanese Navy who was badly wounded. As one of the very few Japanese survivors of Iwo Jima and one of the last who is still alive, he is quite a rarity. However, what makes him really special is the incredible tribute...
  • The Greatest Generation - Why America needs them more than ever

    11/06/2015 12:27:56 AM PST · by pboyington · 23 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 6, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    They were called Bob, Harry, Red, Leo, Dick and Mary. They trudged through the jungle on Guadalcanal, waded through mounds of volcanic ash on Iwo Jima, shivered miserably at a place called the Bulge and gave a dying GI life-saving plasma at a hospital in Italy. Some worked in the factories that churned out tanks and planes and fuel barrels 24/7, while others waged war with slide rules and chemistry beakers. They never complained because they knew the task at hand was so important that the future of the world rested in their hands. As Winston Churchill so eloquently put...
  • 70 years after Iwo Jima, veterans, families to honor lives lost

    02/19/2015 4:19:00 AM PST · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 2/18/15 | Meg Jones
    Clayton Chipman saw the first flag raising. So did Harvey Kurz. Both were relieved and happy to see Marines had finally scaled Mount Suribachi four days after the Feb. 19, 1945, invasion of the hardscrabble, desolate island in the Pacific Ocean. Each looked at the American flag flapping in the wind and then returned to the business at hand — staying alive.
  • World War II vet, 90, closer to getting Marines to fix AWOL error in war record

    07/01/2014 10:52:51 AM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published July 01, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A 90-year-old decorated World War II veteran still fighting to correct what he says is an erroneous war record may finally be getting closer to realizing his goal. Thomas Joseph Smith, Jr., of Glenville, N.Y., who survived some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific, said he received the shock of a lifetime when he realized military records detailing his time with the U.S. Marine Corps incorrectly indicated he went AWOL for one month during his unit’s deployment on the Marshall Islands in the early 1940s.
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 3 March 1945

    03/03/2014 3:29:39 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    3 March 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan Three Marines and Two FMF Corpsmen earn the Medal of Honor.
  • Iwo Jima Anniversary Remembered Across The Nation

    02/23/2014 7:08:38 PM PST · by kingattax · 35 replies
    WebProNews ^ | 2-20-14 | Emily Greene
    Wednesday marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima – one of the worst battles of World War II. Across the nation many remembered this day from 69 years ago. In Newington, Connecticut, a memorial was recently built and is the only flag raising memorial built by survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag flown at the memorial is historically correct with 48 stars. There is also sand from Iwo Jima beaches in the concrete base. The memorial also includes inscriptions of the names of 100 men from Connecticut who died during the battle. The 69th...
  • Today In U.S. Miiltary History 20 February 1945 - Pfc. Jack Lucas, USMC (MOH)

    02/20/2014 6:15:54 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 17 replies
    20 February 2014 | Self
    Pfc. Jacklyn Harold Lucas, USMCR (MOH) From Today in U.S. Military History: 20 February 1945 – Iwo Jima, Japan Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain front line on D-plus+1 Day, Private First Class Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile...
  • The American Flag Daily: Iwo Jima

    02/19/2014 4:41:44 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 11 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | February 19, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this day in 1945, the five-week-long battle of Iwo Jima began with the invasion of the island by the United States Marine Corps. This would be one of the bloodier battles in the Pacific theater, with more than 6,800 Americans dying and over 19,000 wounded. In their honor, we raise the Corps flag on the anniversary of the first day of battle.
  • Outrageous: Russian TV Anchor Mocks Iwo Jima Memorial As Homoerotic In War-Statue Spat With CNN

    02/16/2014 6:49:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 16, 2014 | Tim Graham
    The London Daily Mail reported this week that “CNN caused a firestorm when it included a war monument in Brest, a city in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, in an article on the 'world's ugliest monuments' published last month.” This isn’t Ted Turner’s CNN, where a reporter would be disciplined for saying the word “foreign” in a sentence. The online article from a travel-piece contributor was intended as humor. A Russian news commentator responded by suggesting the Marine Corps War Memorial – the Iwo Jima sculpture just north of Arlington National Cemetery – is “easy to mock” for its...
  • Corpman! Mother! Jesus! A Marine remembers Iwo Jima for the last time

    11/06/2013 2:07:24 PM PST · by Bodleian_Girl · 22 replies
    The Birmingham News/AL.com ^ | 11/06/2013 | Charles Dean
    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...
  • Iwo Jima Memorial Closed, Barricades Erected

    10/05/2013 11:49:24 AM PDT · by don-o · 164 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 5, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial: "I took the picture yesterday afternoon. Those barricades had been there at least a day. People can still walk into the Memorial area, but for many elderly and disabled vets, it is important they be driven and park right next to the statue," the person who took this picture emails. "There has...
  • Japanese flag captured at Iwo jima

    07/15/2013 9:58:28 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 8 replies
    friend in the Marine Corps League ^ | 7/15/2013 | RaceBannon
    This is something cool, so fat, as it is translated, itis a series of personal messages to a soldier on Iwo Jima, wishing him well