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  • 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
  • World War II vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima dead at 90

    04/28/2013 3:48:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | april 28, 2013
    Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90. Wood died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, his son Steven Wood said Saturday. Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima's shores Feb. 23, 1945 when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag that he could find. After five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island, U.S. forces had managed to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist an American flag. Wood...
  • Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”: The Most Reproduced and Parodied Photo in History?

    02/23/2013 2:41:30 PM PST · by Saint X · 38 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 2/23/13 | U.S. Naval Institute
    Photographer Joe Rosenthal admitted that when he took a shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on 23 February 1945, he had no idea that he had captured something extraordinary. He was setting up for a different shot when he spotted the group of men planting the flag and quickly took a snap without even looking through the viewfinder. The chance photo would become iconic overnight and go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.
  • For Sale: Original Iwo Jima Monument

    02/08/2013 12:17:04 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    AP/Newser ^ | 02/08/2013
    (AP) – A long-forgotten piece of America's military history is going up for sale. The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the US flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million later this month at a New York auction dedicated to World War II artifacts. That such a statue even exists is news to all but the most ardent history buffs. Most Americans are familiar with Felix de Weldon's 1954 bronze version, the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Less well-known is the 12-and-1/2-foot-tall statue created soon after the...
  • US May Lose Original 1945 Iwo Jima Monument at Bonhams Auction:

    01/27/2013 12:57:21 PM PST · by WARMUSEUM · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 27, 2013 | Shayna Jacobs
    Original Iwo Jima monument, which used to be housed at the Intrepid Sea-Air- Space Museum, to hit the auction block. The 10-ton piece, inspired by the iconic photo taken at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 and the model for the flag-raising Marine Corps War Memorial statue in Arlington, Va., will be up for sale at Bonhams auction house on Feb. 22. It is listed for sale for $1.3 million to $1.8 million.
  • Quantico’s Iwo Jima Memorial defaced

    12/11/2012 6:36:02 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    "Tuesday night, some vandals took it upon themselves to deface the Iwo Jima Memorial at Quantico Marine Base by painting a pink stripe around it. Of course, I’d blame juvenile delinquents, but the juveniles might be those wretched hags of Code Pink – you know, the pink stripe. Not that they’re not juveniles, but they are rather long in the tooth."
  • Looking Back At Iconic Iwo Jima (67 years ago today!)

    02/23/2012 12:29:37 PM PST · by rottndog · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | February 23, 2012 | Claire O'Neill
    Sixty-seven years ago today, photographer Joe Rosenthal trekked up a mountain alongside U.S. Marines and snapped this indelible scene on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Oddly enough, he had been rejected from military service for his poor eyesight, but today his vision is iconic.
  • "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima": The most copied and parodied image in history

    02/23/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by Saint X · 13 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 2/23/2012 | U.S. Naval Institute
    “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” is often cited as being the most reproduced photograph in history. It is also probably the most parodied image in the world. The “Iwo Jima pose” has become a popular symbol for organizations or movements wishing to convey victory, teamwork, or patriotism. The use of the image has ranged from respectful homage to what some consider offensive misappropriation
  • For Michele Bachmann, A Pattern of Getting Facts Wrong [makes Palin look like Count Metternich]

    03/12/2011 9:38:34 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/12/11 9:48 PM EST | By JONATHAN MARTIN & KENDRA MARR
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s suggestion Saturday that the Revolutionary War began in Concord, N.H., rather than Lexington and Concord, Mass., marks the third time in recent months that the potential GOP presidential hopeful has committed a puzzling gaffe about history and current affairs. Making her first trek to New Hampshire as a 2012 prospect, Bachmann told a GOP crowd in Manchester: “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” The Revolutionary War began, not in New Hampshire’s capital, but in the famous two towns more than 50 miles away in...
  • Marines To Mark 66th Anniversary Of Iwo Jima

    02/19/2011 2:10:18 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies · 1+ views
    10news.com ^ | February 19, 2011 | Staff
    Camp Pendleton Marines will commemorate the 66th anniversary of the bloody and heroic Battle of Iwo Jima on Saturday evening. The island south of Japan was where the iconic photograph was taken of Marines raising an American flag in the heat of battle. Marines landed on Feb. 19, 1945, to claim an emergency airfield for damaged B-29 bombers returning from Japan. Japanese soldiers, with the advantage of caves and high ground, contested every inch of land over the next five weeks and inflicted 26,000 casualties on U.S. forces, including about 6,800 killed. The public part of the commemoration will...
  • Iwo Jima memorial needs rescue mission

    01/07/2011 6:27:17 AM PST · by BwanaNdege · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9:12 p.m., Thursday, January 6, 2011 | Andrea Billups
    Time and weather have conspired to etch cracks in its structure. The bronze patina that once shone a proud Marine Corps green has dulled to a dingy brown. Water damage has pried loose polished granite panels, and puddles gather at the base. In all — hardly the spit-and-polish shape one expects for a memorial to the most gung-ho branch of the military. (continues at website)
  • Archaeologist to Recover Japanese Soldiers on Iwo Jima

    12/20/2010 5:06:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Arch News ^ | December 15, 2010 | Stephen
    Naoto Kan became only the second Japanese prime minister to visit the World War II battlefield of Iwo Jima Tuesday. He came to pay his respects to over 21,000 Japanese soldiers who fell in battle on the Pacific island -- many whose bodies are only now being recovered by archaeologist on the island. The battle of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945, and continued to March 26, 1945... The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 kilometers (11 mi) of tunnels. The battle was the first U.S. attack on...
  • Happy Birthday, Devildogs (11/10/1775)!

    11/10/2010 7:48:24 AM PST · by greatdefender · 11 replies
    On this date... 11/10/1775 On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "two battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps. A special birthday to those Few & Proud. My father was in the Corp in the early 70's (went to Saigon afterwards). I salute to those serve proudly. The following video is a tribute to all those WHO ARE MARINES(remeber: once a Marine, always a Marine)OOH-RAH!
  • Happy Birthday Marines!

    11/10/2010 2:05:23 PM PST · by Michael Barnes · 22 replies
    235 Years ago. ^ | Today | Me
    Link toCommandant's Message:Neat Story; definitely esprit de corps. (NEWSER) – Two former Marines will demonstrate their solidarity in this weekend's Marine Corps Marathon, where Bryan Purcell will act as the "legs" of Eddie Ryan, an Iraq veteran who was paralyzed in combat, AOL News reports. Ryan, 26 was shot twice in the head in 2005, and while he's recovered far more than doctors expected, he can't yet walk on his own. HBO featured him in a show about vets, and the segment touched Purcell, who was inspired by Ryan's goal to run a marathon. "As soon as I saw that...
  • Brookline man’s Iwo Jima mementos bring closure to Japanese family

    10/28/2010 7:42:38 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 3 replies
    boston herald ^ | October 28, 2010 | Associated Press
    For decades, the faded photograph of a baby Japanese girl and a child’s colorful drawing hung on a wall in the Brookline home of Franklin Hobbs III. As a 21-year-old U.S. soldier fighting on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, Hobbs found them in the pocket of a fallen Japanese soldier and took them as a souvenir.
  • Brookline man’s Iwo Jima mementos bring closure to Japanese family

    10/28/2010 7:42:38 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 3 replies
    boston herald ^ | October 28, 2010 | Associated Press
    For decades, the faded photograph of a baby Japanese girl and a child’s colorful drawing hung on a wall in the Brookline home of Franklin Hobbs III. As a 21-year-old U.S. soldier fighting on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, Hobbs found them in the pocket of a fallen Japanese soldier and took them as a souvenir.
  • Bodies, mass graves found on Iwo Jima

    10/22/2010 5:19:17 AM PDT · by DFG · 43 replies
    Yahoo (via AP) ^ | 10/21/10 | Eric Talmadge
    TOKYO – Two mass graves that may hold the remains of up to 2,000 Japanese soldiers have been discovered on the island of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest and most iconic battlesites of World War II, a report and officials said Friday. A team of Japanese searchers has discovered 51 remains in two areas listed by the U.S. military after the war as enemy cemeteries, one of which could contain as many as 2,000 bodies, Japan's Kyodo news agency said Friday.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: John Basilone ~ June 21, 2010 ~

    06/20/2010 5:13:42 PM PDT · by Brad’s Gramma · 205 replies · 2+ views
    The Canteen Crew | June 21, 2010 | Serving The Best Troops In The UNIVERSE AND BEYOND!
      Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ John Basilone (Info found here here)             John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He was the only enlisted Marine in...
  • A Memorial Day Tribute

    05/30/2010 12:43:15 PM PDT · by flintsilver7 · 6 replies · 209+ views
    FS7 ^ | May 30, 2010 | FS7
  • Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Citations

    03/04/2010 8:41:34 AM PST · by Crush · 16 replies · 517+ views
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 19 - Mar. 26 | Chris Carter
    On Feb. 19, 1945, thousands of Marines landed on the beaches of Iwo Jima, the first U.S. assault on Japanese home islands. For over a month, the Marines fought an epic fight with Japanese troops before declaring the island secured on March 16, 1945. Of the thousands (estimates run as high as 22,000) of Japanese troops defending the island, only 216 were captured. The rest were either killed either in battle or by ritual suicide. The intense fighting produced over 26,000 U.S. casualties. Nearly 7,000 Marines (and 300 sailors) were killed. After the battle, Admiral Chester Nimitz said, "Among the...
  • Military relents, agrees to fly vets to Iwo Jima for ceremony

    03/03/2010 10:30:36 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 31 replies · 798+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2 Mar 10 | Charlie Reed
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The military changed its mind and took a group of aging World War II veterans to Iwo Jima on Wednesday. The former Marines, who fought at Iwo Jima 65 years ago, went to the island Wednesday morning on a C-130 aircraft, said 2nd Lt. Lucas Burke, a Marine Corps spokesman on Okinawa, where the group has been staying while in Japan. They joined hundreds of Marines, including Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway, at Iwo Jima for a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the historic 36-day battle. The Pentagon initially denied the veterans’ request for...
  • As clock ticks, WWII veterans need help to get back to Iwo Jima

    03/02/2010 11:33:44 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 34 replies · 695+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2 Mar 10 | Charlie Reed
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – The military has denied a request from a World War II veterans group for transportation to Iwo Jima this week to commemorate the historic battle that took place there 65 years ago. The Greatest Generation Foundation asked the military for help after a charter plane company that had volunteered to take the group from Okinawa to the battlefield canceled unexpectedly two weeks ago. But Pentagon officials denied the request because it could set a problematic precedent for other nongovernmental agencies that ask for similar assistance, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Marine Maj. Bradley Gordon said Tuesday...
  • US Marines land on Iwo Jima to mark anniversary

    03/02/2010 11:20:28 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 39 replies · 1,001+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 03/02/10 | Eric Talmadge
    Hundreds of U.S. Marines landed on the remote island of Iwo Jima on Tuesday to prepare for the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battles. The Marines flew in trucks, water and food from Washington to support Wednesday's commemorations of the 1945 battle that was a turning point in the Pacific theater. It claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives in 36 days of intense fighting. A drill team also arrived on the island. The commemoration was to be attended by about 1,000 people, including Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway, members of Japan's...
  • 65 year ann. of Iwo Jima, the rest of the story.(Vanity)

    65 years ago right now the battle for Iwo Jima was raging. We all know the story of the invasion. 6000+ Marines dead. 20,000 Japanese KIA. The flag raising. Ira Hayes. What most aren't aware of is the ongoing ops after Iwo was secured. The main reason for the invasion was to take the airstrip for fighters to be able to escort the bombers to Japan. The only fighter really capable enough to accomplish this mission was the P-51. Limited space for the for the runways and ramps, ops at very high gross weights, 8+ hour missions, volcanic dust, attacking...
  • 'I Was in the First Wave.'

    02/24/2010 7:11:38 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 30 replies · 1,298+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 24 April 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I was at breakfast on Sunday morning at the Sheraton National, in Arlington, Virginia. I was attending a conference elsewhere, but could only find space in Virginia. Also at my hotel were the members of the Iwo Jima Association. That Association was for survivors of that battle, and for the families of those who did not survive. At the table next to me were two, older gentleman. The younger man was in his 60's. He mentioned at one point where his father was buried at Arlington Cemetery, just a few blocks away. Then the older man, somewhere in his 90's...
  • Feb 23, 1945

    02/23/2010 2:26:48 PM PST · by paterfamilias · 10 replies · 370+ views
    23 Feb 2010 | me
  • On This Day in History:..Star-Spangled Banner Waves Atop Mt. Suribachi (65th anniversary)

    02/23/2010 11:12:45 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 682+ views
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle ^ | 02/23/2010 | Vernon Parker
    ...Between August 1944 and mid-February 1945, the U.S. Navy and Seventh Air Force ravaged the volcanic island Iwo Jima, 775 miles from Japan with 6,800 tons of high-explosive bombs and more than 22,000 5- and 16-inch shells. It was the most massive pre-assault bombardment in history, and everyone in the American invasion force assumed that the U.S. Marines would hit the beach on February 19 and walk unopposed to the summit of Mt. Suribachi, an extinct volcano rising 550 feet from the island floor. Instead, Iwo Jima became the bloodiest slaughter in Marine Corps history, claiming 7,000 lives. In return,...
  • Iwo Jima Vets Observe Battle's 65th Anniversary

    02/19/2010 4:54:14 PM PST · by Dubya · 20 replies · 1,072+ views
    TRIANGLE, Va., Feb. 19, 2010 – Dozens of veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima and their families gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps here today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the iconic World War II battle. The battle for Iwo Jima – the first U.S. attack on Japanese soil – is memorialized worldwide by the famous Joe Rosenthal photo of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi. Three of the six later were killed in battle. “Iwo Jima was not the bloodiest or the longest battle” of World War...
  • Iwo Jima Vets Observe Battle’s 65th Anniversary

    02/19/2010 4:56:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 476+ views
    TRIANGLE, Va., Feb. 19, 2010 – Dozens of veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima and their families gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps here today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the iconic World War II battle. Frank G. Willetto, an 84-year-old Navajo code talker, renders honors during the playing of the national anthem at a ceremony commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Feb. 19, 2010. In February 1945, the United States launched its first assault against the Japanese at Iwo...
  • Iwo Jima Marines: is still showing today’s “youth voters” what real patriotism means

    02/19/2010 6:04:35 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 4 replies · 460+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In the summer of 1965 Marine Corps Boot camp training included the boast “If it weren’t for the Marine Corps you’d be speaking Japanese.” It was true then and it is still true today. Sixty five years ago waves and waves of eighteen and nineteen year old Marines, waded ashore Iwo Jima to defeat the Japanese and win the war in the Pacific on American terms. They fought to keep us from being the slaves of the Japanese and being forced to end up “speaking Japanese.” By mid February 1945 Franklin Roosevelt knew Americans were running out of patience and...
  • Comehander in Chef

    02/13/2010 7:00:34 PM PST · by pansgold · 11 replies · 770+ views
    Corps Photos ^ | II / XIII / MMX | pansgold
    Is anyone interested in some photos taken by the Marine CORPS? <(new pronunciation is like the word for a dead body according to our leader) http://www.rhyner.com/photos/china.html
  • Sons Of Iwo Jima (Excellent Haditha "massacre" article)

    05/30/2006 5:15:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 47 replies · 2,149+ views
    Invest. business Daily ^ | 5/30/06 | staff
    War In Iraq: The press is salivating over the prospect of an Iraqi My Lai in the town of Haditha, with ABC trotting out Rep. John Murtha to brand U.S. troops war criminals just in time for Memorial Day. Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," and with the matter still under investigation, Murtha, D-Pa., decided it would be sentence first and trial later when he proclaimed Marines responding to an attack in the town of Haditha on Nov. 19 guilty of murder of at least 15 Iraqi civilians. The incident began as a Marine convoy of Kilo Company, Third Battalion,...
  • VIDEOS-Fox NFL Sunday crew in Afghanistan-God bless + protect our troops!+Found Iwo Jima footage

    11/11/2009 9:06:06 AM PST · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 1,680+ views
    The friendly crowd was fired up as the FOX Sports NFL crew arrive for their Sunday show in Afghanistan. VIDEO *** While in Afghanistan, Terry Bradshaw got to know some troops and find out what the main priorities are for the armed forces. VIDEO *** This is B-roll video footage of Fox NFL Sunday's pregame show participating in a combat airdrop of food, fuel and water to American service members on the ground in Afghanistan from a U.S. Air Force C-17. Tune in to FOX on Sunday, November, 8 to see the Fox team broadcasting from Afghanistan. Produced by...
  • WWII vets, this is for you.

    08/18/2009 8:23:50 PM PDT · by pansgold · 38 replies · 2,944+ views
    Rhyner.com ^ | Aug. 18, 2009 | pansgold
    OFFICIAL U.S.M.C. COMBAT PHOTOS OF CHINA, GUAM, OKINAWA & IWO JIMA Those that served in the Pacific will remember these 100 photos from the USMC's fight there. http://www.rhyner.com/photos/china.html My father passed away some time ago. He brought these home. He was in all 4 places. He was in the 1st. Division 1st. Regiment 3d Marine Amphibious Brigade pansgold Viet Nam Era vet
  • Some background on the murdered 83-year-old World War II hero, Clair Chaffin

    06/10/2009 6:17:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies · 1,373+ views
    various sources
    Sept 2007...4th Marine Division Association holds reunion Maj. Gen. James L. Williams, commanding general, 4th Marine Division, talks with 4th Marine Division Association President Clair Chaffin aboard the paddle wheeler “Belle of Louisville” during the association’s 60th reunion Sept. 8. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) Source:http://mfr.usmc.mil/MFRNews/2007/2007.09/60th.asp_______________________________________ Dear Sgt. Grit, My husband and I attended the National Meeting of the Fourth Marine Division in Atlanta on August 25th and 26th. My father, Clair Chaffin was made the 60th president of the 4th Marine Division. He was a Navy Corpsman attached to the 4th Marine Division...