The Battle of Iwo Jima

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Kelly Murphy August 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm

My father, 2nd Lt. Joe Murphy was in the 27th Marines that landed on 1 red beach. They took the first of the airports. He never told me much about his time there except that it was a sunny morning. There wasn’t much
fighting for the first few hours – then all hell broke lose! he told me that his picture in”IWO JIMA Legacy of Valor”. He’s gone now but , he never forgot his brothers left on the island.

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Philippines August 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

We Thank you for our Freedom, we will always be in your debt our Noble Ally. God Bless us all! Semper Fi Marines!

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Sheila Wood June 19, 2014 at 3:59 am

My first cousin Dean Gilroy Murphy, from Bourbon, Missouri killed on Iwo Jima. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, Missouri. I received his purple heart and other medal and they were given to the American Legion Post 81 in Bourbon, Missouri.

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Kathleen March 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I love this monument! I think that Felix de Weldon did I great job at capturing the pride that glowed in the eyes of the soldiers as they raised the second flag. I don’t know anyone who was part of that battle personally, however just seeing the memorial itself makes me feel as if I knew all the soldiers like they’re part of my family. This whole entire monument is simple in its own way but it’s simplicity bears a stronger message, for instance it’s perfectly complex with the many men raising the flag but, at the same time it’s simple in the way that even though the men are risking their lives their faces look calm.

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hannah nicate February 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

you’re all not very bright.

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rick January 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I only know 1 guy besides joe rosenthal, & thats my dad. he’s the 1 on the left closest to the flag
holding the rifle in the air. after this,he / they went to okinawa.

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John June 5, 2014 at 5:17 am

Wow! I bet you are proud of him! He served his country well and certainly helped America be filled with pride!

An Student interested in World War II in the Pacific and in Europe.

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FERNANDO GALARZ January 17, 2014 at 3:20 am

All military personnel, no matter the war, skimish,search and destroy missions or whatever mission they are given will do there duty as they were trained. Combat soilders are trained to protect each other and complete the objective. Very few military personnel are given combat assignments, but I’m confident, that any military man or woman will perform to the very best of there ability in order to complete the assignment. Our military personnel are always ready to follow orders, that is what we we’re trained to do. I’m proud of all men and woman in uniform and I’m assured that if ever called into combat they will perform as all our combat veterns have. Some gave some and some gave all. We need to honor those families who lost all!!
Fernie
USN

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DeAnna Lynch January 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

My grandfather, Floyd Junior DeArmond, was wounded on Iwo Jima. I know I am very lucky to have even been born since my mom wouldn’t have been born if my grandpa wouldn’t have made it home alive. My grandpa passed away in 2010 and the one thing I told my mom was that Grandpa deserved a military burial. We are losing the greatest generation and I hope we have learned everything we can from them.

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James Carr December 30, 2013 at 3:50 am

My Uncle. Clarence Earl Adams was one of the wounded on Iwo Jima.

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Zach May 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

wow

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joe April 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

all gave some, some gave all. almost 7,000. RIP Marines. Semper Fi

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SKKLER March 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

JUST LRAEN WHAT YOU GUYS CAN .BYE

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Donnie Hiott March 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

My grandfather died in one of first waves .Master Gunnery SGT. Gentry Hiott 5Th. Marine Division Semper FI. RIP .Wish I would have got the pleasure to met him.I bet he gave em hell.

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Hunter March 16, 2013 at 2:24 am

They all give hell

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ashley December 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

veterans are cool

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brandon November 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

My Great Uncle David was a flying tech Sarg Major of the then Army Air Corp. He was in the Army years before the war and when war broke out fought in all but the CBI Theater on ops. He landed on Iwo after the major ops weredown and always had great respect for the Marine Corps and all Marines. He was shot down and a POW on Saipain for about six weeks before the Marines landed and he wsa sprung. He always spoke of spending several nights with an old breed Gunny while on Iwo and how he said that Marine saved his life twice once by being there and taking the Island and also during one night the japs attack in a small Banzi charge and this Old Gunny who heard the Japs walking up on their tent before the attack. To his knowledge both got off the Island alive but Uncle david was never the same after fighting in WW2. He had bad PTSD and drank. Don’t blame just thank God for Marines and other service who answered the call of thier Country at all times during this Great Countrys wars! Thank You All! A greatful American

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M May 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

My Dad was there. I remember him mentioning Saipan, Okinawa and of course, Iwo Jima. I know he couldn’t sleep when he returned. He had such bad nightmares for years. He married my mother a few years after the war. One night, she attempted to wake him from a nightmare and he hit her so hard she flew across the room. I can understand why he began drinking heavily when he came back. He must have dreaded going to sleep. His name was Leon Wyckoff, from Fredonia, Kansas (in case a fellow veteran recognizes his name). If anyone knew him, I would love to hear from you.

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M May 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I forgot to mention that he was a Marine (2nd Division).

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Dale Lord October 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I now a Veteran of Iwo Jima. He wasn’t in the first wave. He was in the mop- up after the main invasion but he talks about what he saw. He has a lot of respect and pride of every one who was there. He was in the $th Marine Division His name is Albert Bertrand- also known as “Yogi” or “Tarz” of Sanford, Maine. He is 95 years old and loves to reminisce about places he has seen as a MARINE.
I am a Marine of the 60′s and I thank all Marines for the freedoms we have. SEMPER FI to all past and future MARINES.

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Leonard Brodt October 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Hello Dale Lord, When I was 13 years old I lived on River Street in Sanford Maine which is Albert Bertrand’s home town, and I was at Iwo Jima on the USS Missouri and we bombarded the Island in advance of the advancing invasion and we kept ourselves occupied with crowds of Kamikazi attacks day and night and I mention this in case that Albert Bertrand is interested and when Iwo became secured we moved on to Okinawa as our next mission and all those Islands Occupied by the stubborn Japanese were difficult and I am keenly aware of Albert’s Struggle and please tell him I said Hello.!!! ……Leonard Brodt Seaman 2nd class USS Missouri, In the fleet along the coast of Iwo Jima.!!

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Jerry T Dudgeon September 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

My father-in-law was wounded on IWO Jima Him and two other Marines voluenterd to go up the hill to nock out abunker with a machine gunner placement in it they nocked out bunker they started back down the hill and a chi con was throwed at them Dwight was hit with a peice of schrapnel which he too to his grave in 8-23-1998 I’m a marine who fought in the Vietnam war And proud of it Semper fi My brothers Job well done.

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