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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debi September 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

My dad said his cousin was one of the men that raised the first flag, his nickname was dutchy or dutchie. does anyone know if any of the men had that nickname?


George Bernhardt August 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

My grandfather George Lynn Bernhardt III, was on Iwo Jima and was a corporal at the time. He passed away in 2008 and though he told us a few names he never really spoke of his time in the Marine corp during World War II. Please let me know if anyone else may have know of him and I would be very grateful .


Dorthy L. Jackson August 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Does anyone remember Raymond E. Lancaster from Hamilton, Ohio? I am his daughter and would like to know more about my Dad’s experiences.


SAMUEL J. LATONE June 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

I was in the 1st battalion 28th Marines. Looking for Joseph E. Adams

June 30, 2014


Teas August 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

did you know my dad William Steve Teas ? he was also in the 1st Bat 28 Marines


Steve Vasquez June 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

My father , Daniel Z Vasquez of the 4th Marine Division sadly passed away Aug 25 2014.
He was a great father and very proud of his divisions accomplishments on Iwo.
My Dad is a true American Hero .


Mary Lewis June 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

My grandfather Fought in Iwo jima his name was Charles Franklin Tate.. I have a few pictures that he has taken just wondered if anyone may have stood beside him?


CONNIE PETERS May 24, 2014 at 4:26 am



Richard Stoll April 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

My Dad, Richard Stoll fought on Iwo Jima. His Sergeant was John Basilone. Dad is 94 this year 2014 and doing well at his age. My middle name is John. I’m named after John Basilone.


Edith King March 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I am looking for anyone who may have information about my Grandfather who fought on Iwo Jima. Richard (Dick) Hutter Manzella, 5th Marine Division. He was a Ssgt or Platoon Sgt. He shipped out from Calif., He was married and had a daughter. I believe that he landed on the end of the island with Mt. Suribachi (sp?). His service #314432. He died in 1975 in El Cajon, CA. Thank you to all the brave Marines; yesterday, today and tomorrow. Semper Fi


Joseph Miller March 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Does anyone have information on my father, George P. Miller “Cookie” a cook sergeant with the 4th Division. Died in 1966 when I was very young. He was 29 at Iwo


JEFF COX March 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

My Grandpa Draper David Overstreet was one of the unidentified men on the first flag raising,He has yet to be reconized for that,he was 2ed,Battalion 28th, marine,5th marine division,E,or F, Company,how do I get him reconized for theat


Reg Gilbert March 12, 2014 at 1:56 am

Sgt. S. B. Gilbert wounded on Iwo March 2, evacuated March 3, 69 years ago, G – 2 -25


Brian Faracy March 9, 2014 at 2:26 am

Thank God for the men of theUSMC. My Dad was in 3rd battalion
24th Marines. He was a machine gunner and was wounded on Iwo.
(Also wounded Saipan). Does anyone who was there remember Stephen J. Faracy?
He was from Brooklyn New York. Was he at the meat grinder w/ the
24th or wounded on the beach? My name is Brian Faracy
Bnskfaracy Thanks and may God Bless


Bob Beattie March 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

God bless these fine young men. My uncle, Sgt Jack Beattie was killed on Iwo 69 years ago. This is a tribute to him.


Donald September 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm


What a wonderful tribute to your uncle. Ironically, he joined the Corps the on the same date (July 24) I was born 14 years later. And 32 years later after he arrived, I would also land at Parris Island. July 31, 1972.

Having read this, it’s time for me to visit Mr. Jim Kelley. He lives close by to me and was also on that Hell on Earth, Iwo Jima.

Semper Fidelis


Harold Shadle February 24, 2014 at 1:22 am

Overwhelmed by the service of “Our Greatest Generation.” We must continue to share their stories with all who will listen. Our younger generations need to be aware that freedom is not free. Through those times in the past and the times ahead, we need to hold our country together and love one another regardless of race, color, or creed. May God bless all those who gave and continue to give for the greatest country the world has ever known!

Semper Fi!
Harold Shadle Jr.
Sgt United States Marine Corps (1978-1982)


Ann February 23, 2014 at 3:34 am

Have found letters in my late mother’s possessions; from a Marine (Reserves) who was in the 4th Div. and who was killed on a ridge while flushing out enemy in caves, I believe…His name was Sgt. Harry McFall. Wondered if he had any
relatives who might read this. Thanks to all those young men who gave their lives to fight this and all the other battles of WWII…My uncle, John Mammone, also in the 4th, also fought on Iwo. He lived died in 1999. Never talked about the battle…


Ricky February 20, 2014 at 2:06 am

Thank-you for all your stories and endeavors to find information. My prayers are with you. My dad, John Parthemore, recently passed away in 2003. He was a member of the “fighting 4th”, 24th reg, L company. At the time he was a sergeant. I believe when he was discharged he had become a corporal. Anyway, he used to talk about Iwo Jima a little bit, mostly it was to say that a lot of good men were sacrificed; among them one of his best friends, Corporal William Sheffield, who died on the very day the battle began, February 19, 1945. I think that day must have been a day that changed dad’s life forever because he always said that Sheffield died in his place. He was hit by a grenade. He died right at his side, so my father lived with the memory of that very violent moment for the rest of his life. I wonder if anyone out there was a member of his company.


Dan Sweeney January 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm

My dad’s brother was wounded, shot through the lung and left for dead on the sands of Iwo until a sharp Navy Corpsman spotted blood pumping from his chest. I was told he was a half-track driver on the first wave. Always wanted to talk to him about it. Passed away several years ago. But I have a photo of him on his return with his medal on his uniform. Since then I think I have read everything out there on the battle of Iwo Jima.


Jeff Molnar November 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

My uncle was gysgt kenneth englert, company k 3rd battallion 25th marines. KIA on Iwo Jima D day. He also recieved a silver star for valor on saipan.


Allen Barker September 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm

My dad, Chester T. Barker was wounded on Iwo. I don’t know what division he was in. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1957. Died in 1998 in Jacksonville, NC. I was in the Corps from 1954-1958. If anyone out there served with or knew my dad I would appreciate it very much to hear from you.
Semper Fi.


Steve Keigley August 16, 2013 at 4:41 am

My dads younger brother, 2nd Lt. Louis Hayden Keigley, served with the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines on Iwo. He was KIA on March 1, 1945 while leading D Company’s 1st platoon around the left (west) side of Hill 362A.

D Company’s 1st and 3rd platoons got caught in the crossfire between 362A and Nishi Ridge, were pinned down. He sent a runner to call in artillary, who got hit. He went out and tried to save the Marine and got hit by machine gun fire. He died on the field of battle.

3rd Platoon lost their leader, Lt. Herbert Worrey, in the same attack.

Maj. Gen. Keller Rockey, the 5th Marine Division Commander, sent Louis’s wife a hand written letter offering his condolences after the battle. The letter hung on my grandparents wall next to a Japanese officers sword which was given to my uncle by a combat vet before the battle of Iwo Jima.

Louis Keigley was 26 years old.


Bob Morris December 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Steve, my uncle, James H. Morris, was a Sergeant in D Company, 2/28, 5th Marines! He was wounded in the arm on Day 18 by a sniper. By that time he had commanded his company as all of the officers and higher sergeants were wounded or killed. As he lay on the beach awaiting evacuation a buddy brought the sniper’s rifle and laid it on his stretcher as a souvenir saying they took it off the sniper’s body after he was killed. The evac personnel would not let the rifle on the boat so it was left on the beach. His partially regained use of the arm after many surgeries. He passed away in 1995. I recall him talking to my Dad, his younger brother a Guadalcanal Marine, bitterly about the Navy Brass. He felt they pushed the Marines way too hard thereby causing unnecessary casualties.
A side note, he was from Arizona and got acquainted with Ira Hayes at Camp Tarawa, who was in the flag raising picture from E company. Hayes was also from Arizona. Interestingly, he spoke to Ira a couple of times in Phoenix after the war. Ira visited the down town Phoenix bars and my uncle worked on the railroad in that same area.


Eric Tilley June 28, 2013 at 2:25 am

Also, I have a photo of my father Jack Tilley and his rifle crew. You can’t see the A-4 machine gun hanging from his shoulder, but you can see the grooves it made in his flesh as they are all shirtless. Years after Iwo, I could still feel the “dents” that gun made in my Dad’s shoulders. But what you can see is the puppy my dad is holding as he’s chomping on a cigar! I’ll try to get it online soon. Imagine… a puppy surviving that hellhole and all those starving Japs!… God Bless!


Eric Tilley June 28, 2013 at 2:10 am

My father JACK TILLEY of Wilmington, NC, also lied about his age and joined the 5th Mar. Div.when he was 17 to avenge his older brother GEORGE TILLEY who had been wounded in North Africa while serving as a combat medic.
Dad passed away in 1999. He was a machine gunner. Carried a modified Light Gun A-4 that they called a “Wildcat” (?) which was basically an A-4 with a rifle stock attached and the barrel may have been cut down a bit. Dad didn’t talk about Iwo much. Even in later years. But what he did tell me scared the living crap out of me and kept me out of the Service, I can tell you that!(Which was probably his intention.) He was in Sasebo for the occupation and was lucky enough to be stationed on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean during Korea. I have a Hammemari flag he took off a sniper and had his fellow Marines sign it. Right in the middle of the meatball is the signature of his Chaplain, “Father Bradley, New York, NY” We had the flag mounted for his 70th birthday. He passed away at 73 peacefully in his sleep as all great warriors should. He battled the demons that island placed on him as well as any man could be expected to. For that reason alone he deserves more medals than he received in combat. There were over 300 people at his funeral in 1999. So many were not as fortunate and never came back from that volcanic hell. He told me once that he owed it to the boys to do the best he could all the time. He was V.P. of Lavino Shipping at the NC State Port in Wilmington until he retired. He was also knighted by King Olav of Norway and named Norwegian Consul for the Port of Wilmington, an honor that was ended at that location when he retired. He was the best Dad EVER and the greatest friend anyone could ask for. His shoes will never be filled but we were so lucky to have him. He is eternally missed. All our heroes seem to be leaving us these days… but their shadows linger on.
God Bless and Semper Fi!!


John Hanc January 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Eric, my uncle Anthony Comentale, originally from Queens, NY, was wounded at Iwo. After the war, he moved to Burgaw, N.C., which as you probably know is not far from Wilmington. I visited him down there in the summers. He opened a gas station there in the 1950s, that eventually became an auto parts store there that was in business for nearly 50 years. He died in December, 1996. I wonder if he knew your dad? My cousin (his son) still has all his medals, but little more. Although a garrulous and outgoing man, Uncle Tony didn’t talk much about his experience. Wonder if he knew your dad?


John Armiger June 16, 2013 at 1:52 am

My uncle served in Iwo Jima in the Marine 5th and landed there on day one. He has since passed awawy but i am looking for some info on him or anyone who remember him. His name was George “Sarge” Zarcufski from Shenandoah, PA. Thanks in advance.


Jim O'Connor June 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

My Father PFC James J. O’Connor was KIA on Iwo February 21, 1945. He served in Company “K”, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Divison. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him. I am also looking for his best friend that served with him and made it out. His name is John L. Oberdorf. Thank You!


elise Oberdorf May 24, 2014 at 4:26 am

My late father’s name is John L. Oberdorf. My niece saw this post shortly after I posted a picture of him with another man. We are from the Philadelphia area. He passed away in 1975 after his battle with lung cancer.
I would be glad to share the picture even though it is a little difficult to identify.
Elise L Oberdorf


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