The Battle – Photos by USMC Photographer Douglas H. Page

Below are a series of photographs taken by USMC Photographer Douglas H. Page.

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Bob Hunter December 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Douglas

Thank you for this display of Iwo. Your Dad and I never really got into his experiences as a Marine – just that he had served in combat as one. Your Mom made commented once that “he was a
good one, too.” She was very proud of him, and I was too. Miss him and his humor.

Bob

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SAS December 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Thank you for the photo of Hill 382, The Meatgrinder, where my
Dad Captain F.Patrick Donlan lost his leg. My Dad became the CO of Easy Company briefly on March 2nd before his leg was blown off below the knee at two o’clock in the afternoon. His company died on that hill. More than 200 Marines from Easy Company that went up the Meatgrinder, Hill 382 were buried below Mt. Suribachi This picture is just like the description by Dad has always given. My Dad lost the rest of his leg to gas gangrene. He is still alive he just had his 90th birthday last month. He never forgot the men he served with on Iwo and the Marshall Islands and Mariana Islands and has prayed for their souls his whole life. He never forgot how they died.

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Conrad Carlson January 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Douglas
Thank- You for the well taken pictures…

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Maria J. Adams February 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Could you tell us about Eugene Joseph Adams whose corpsman raised the flag on Iwo Jima . He is my father in law. Thank You!

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Hi February 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I have a few pictures of my Dad on Iwo Jima. He was in the Navy and they are along the beach. They were taken I assume after the fighting was done.

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Mary J Harris McWilliams February 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm

My father was at Iwo Jimo. He often sopke of the two wars he had to fight. He was one of the many African Americans who by choise or not went to war for our country. They had to fight for equal rights and fight to survive the harsh battle grounds of Iwo. He is no longer living however it use to sadden me to hear him tell of the verbal and mental abuse he and other Black corpmen suffered from whites. I know this was during a time when racial prejudice was very much alive in the military and well as outside of the military. He did speak of a few White corpmen who made an effort to supported the Black troops and even come to their defence when being ridiculed by some Whites. I joined the Air Force right out of high school and really enjoyed the adventure! I met my spouse in Misawa Japan and we later married. We are still friends and partners (and married). I love history and just wanted to share this with you. May God Bless us all and yes I love my country you roc USA!

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Don Diamond February 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I was in the 4th Division 23rd Marines on Iwo Jima and I remember Hill 382.

God only knows why, Captain, but I walked off of Iwo without getting hit while so many were killed or like you were severely wounded.

Congratulations on your 90th.

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4th Div kid February 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Semper Fi!

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Roger Smith February 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

Hello, I have 17 original Iwo Jima pictures of (as written on the back) “dead japs”.

pictures show US soldiers and the dead.

If anyone is interested in these I can arrange to have them sent. They were taken by my step grandfather just after the battle.

Roger

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JIm February 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

Honor those who didnt make it home.
SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!!

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Skip Young February 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

If you still have the photos I would be interested in them. Please let me know. Skip Young

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Robin D. Kilgo March 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

First of all I want to say thank you for not forgetting these special men. My dad was in the air force “night fighter division” but was at Iwo Jima. He never spoke of the war when I was growing up because he didn’t want the devistation embedded in our minds. He is now 86 and still living in his home of 56 years. He is humble and gentle and to me a “hero”. My sister has a wall in her home dedicated to him and his dad of WWI. Everytime I look at it, I am in awe of his modest demeanor of his service to our country. He has a deep admiration for those he served with and truly makes me proud to be an American.

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Ron meier March 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I really like to see them. My dad was on samar in the phillipines

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R C STEWART March 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Dear Mr Smith, I too have many memories of war albeit one 25 years later. These will stay in my family or until my children see fit to offer them to a museum. I would suggest you might also do the same. There are many historical museums that would certainly welcome those treasures of your fathers’. I know there are many that would love to have them for their personal collection. Offer them copies and recoup your costs. I salute you, R C Stewart

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Emmett Fox March 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Does anyone have any information on a photographer on Iwo named Robert “Bob” Cook or Cooke. He operated in the 4th Division area and took four photos of my uncles LVT after it was hit on D+1. I have one of those photos, but would like to find the other 3.

I also have a collection of photos from Weapons Co 28th Marine. Photos were taken by a crew member of an M3 halftrack, call sign “TARHEEL”, commanded by Henry Backlund, Silver Star. Film was stowed in the halftrack and retieved when unit returned to Hawaii. The only known fully operational M3 halftrack in existence was restored using those photos to resemble “TARHEEL”. It can be seen in College Station, Texas.

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Kim Leibrock March 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

My Uncle Hulan Brooks Hicks USMC was killed in action 1945 Iwo Jima…

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Arwyn Rios March 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Does anyone know anything about Charles Rios.

He died in Iwo Jima in 1945. He is my uncle and I would like to find out more about him. Thanks.

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Robert Tapio March 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

My father lied about his age and joined the corps when he was 17 with his buddy Charles Crazy Thunder. They were both fresh off the Oglala Sioux Reservation at Pine Ridge, SD. He fought his way across the Pacific and turned 19 on March 8th on Iwo Jima. He was in the 27th FMF-PAC 5th Marine Division Tank Battalion as a LST operator. (He drove a truck as a teenager growing up on the reservation, so he got assigned as a driver.) His buddy Charles was unfortunately KIA on Iwo. When my Father passed away a few years back, I was going thru some of his things and there was a photo of him kneeling by a government issued headstone with Charles name on it, up at the Holy Rosary Mission Cemetery on Pine Ridge. The reason I am writing this, is that there is a gathering of 6 men of the 5th/28th Flag Raising Unit this weekend at the Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, NE. I plan on being there to personally thank these guys for all that they did for our freedom, the way I couldn’t thank my Father before he died. Everyone should take the opportunity to thank ANY Veteran, or any person in a military uniform, anytime you see one, for the sacrifices each one made for all of us.
I was born at Camp Lejeune, NC and my father & mother both, instilled in all their children, a sense of pride in their country. At times, I never really appreciated the sacrifices that were made that give me the freedoms I enjoy today. I feel that in this day and age when you see those freedoms being eroded by people in this country that do not understand the sacrifices made by the generations before us, It makes me angry and sad at the same time. Angry because the ideals, values & truths of the country our fathers & mothers helped make for us is fading fast and sad because everyday we lose more & more of those precious people that provided us with that freedom.
God Bless All Our Troops!
taps1959@cox.net

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Kevin Seldon March 27, 2010 at 12:06 am

Good evening Don, I just read your post. First and foremost thank you and Semper Fi! I recently accompanied my grandfather who was a Marine on Iwo Jima with E Co 2/27 to the National WWII museum in New Orleans where he was part of a question/answer panel with another Iwo Jima veteran. The other man, SgtMaj. “Iron Mike” Mervosh, was a PltSgt. with Co. C 1/24. Last March I accompanied my grandfather to Iwo Jima and as a former Marine myself I was speechless for most of the day. I cannot believe I set foot on that island knowing what took place there. I am currently writing a book about the battle of Belleau Woods and am currently looking into another project which I believe has not been fully documented and told in its completion and that is the battle for control of the Meat Grinder that most of the 4th Division was involved in. If there was ever a single engagement that finally broke the Japanese back on that Island it was the meat grinder and as you well know the price for it was absolutely staggering. I really want to talk to our Marines who were there. If you would be willing to, I would really like to speak with you and learn more about your experiences there, you may email me at eco227@aol.com God bless and Semper Fi,
Kevin Seldon
Sgt. USMC ’98-’05

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Chuck Beveridge April 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Douglas —

I just returned from the 65th Reunion of Honor at Iwo Jima on 03 March 2010. The island sure has changed since 1945. I was there for about an hour and a half on D-Day before being evacuated to a hospital ship. After a 12 day recuperation on a hospital ship lying offshore, I was returned to my outfit (the 4th MarDiv) back on Iwo. You have some great pictures, many of which I hadn’t seen before. After the war I became a staff artist with Leatherneck magazine and am now in the process of creating a history book featuring the six Marine Divisions in WWII and would like to discuss the possible use of some of your images with you. I can be reached at cbeveridge3406@charter.net. Again you have some great images on your website.

Chuck

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wally dees April 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I went to D.C. on April 20 ,2010 with Louisiana Honor air. I was proud to escort Roy Stewart Jr of my home town of Amite La. He and my dad ( deceased) were raised across the street from each other . Mr Stewart was on a machine gun crew 23rd Marines on Iwo Jima . I was able to get some photos of him by the Iwp Jima Memorial where the inscription says “uncommon valor was a common virtue” on the memorial . He is quite a southern gentleman and is a retired Pharmacist .

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wally dees April 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I went to D.C. on April 20 ,2010 with Louisiana Honor air. I was proud to escort Roy Stewart Jr of my home town of Amite La. He and my dad ( deceased) were raised across the street from each other . Mr Stewart was on a machine gun crew 23rd Marines on Iwo Jima . I was able to get some photos of him by the Iwo Jima Memorial where the inscription says “uncommon valor was a common virtue” on the memorial . He is quite a southern gentleman and is a retired Pharmacist .

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Pfc. Jack D. Wilson April 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

I joined the Marine Corps on Oct. 14, 1941, after lieing about my age. I was 16 years old on September 16, 1941. Eight weeks later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the Corps officials gave us five rounds of .30- caliber ammunition for our 1903 Springfield rifles and told us to guard the beach at San Diego Marine Coprs Base in case the Japs decided to invade the Mainland.

I served with the 2nd Marine division until the 3rd Marine Division was formed.I served in the wire section of A Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. We were transferred from Camp Elliot near San Diego and hiked to the newly formed Camp Pendleton about 20 or so miles away.

At that time there was one building a Pendleton so we lived in large tents until being shipped overseas to New Zealand.
From there we were shipped to Guadalcanal after the island was secured. From Guadalcanal we left to invade Bouganville, then back to Guadalcanal. After more training we went to standby reserves for the invasion of Saipan. After that the 3rd Marines Divison participated in the freedom of Guam.
After the second sweep of Guam I was given a 10-day pass to fly to Saipan to visit my older brother who was a radio man with Headquarters of 2nd Marine Division.
After building a camp on Guam, and additional training, we headed for Iwo Jima. My battery landed on Iwo on Feb. 23, 1945, three days after the initial assault and after the flag was hoisted on Mount Suribachi.
The Battery set up guns just before the airfield and I spent the first few days observing spotter planes taking off and called the battery to cease fire until the planes were airborne.
When the battery loot communications with the forward observers I was sent up to the front lines with a roll of combat wire and reestablished communications between the forward observers and our 75-milimeter cannon.
The company commander ordered me back to the battery.
Some of my best friends were John Webdell, R.E. Flynn and John Gudichessi.
I am now pushing 85 years of age and still part-time employed by our local newspaper.

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SMonreal April 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Mr Lawson you fail to understand that the black man was sent there because he was American and he did fight to defend his country!You are living with your head in the sand when you say that racism doesnt exist. Although i have never been to war and hope never to but i cant imagine after reading both Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys how much harder it would be to know that you were looked upon as a second class american and that there would be soldiers or marines watching your back with those ignorant thought and views. Your language also shows your ignorance and lack of respect for this forum.

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John Holman May 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Excellent pictures. My father was a corpsman with the 28th Regiment. He’s 91.

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