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Posted: 10/26/2010 4:59:33 AM EDT

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Link Posted: 10/26/2010 5:05:35 AM EDT
My wife's uncle earned the Silver Star there.  I wish I knew the story...perhaps there is a record of it somewhere.  Wifey says he was never qute the same after his time on Iwo, and he died not too many years later of cancer.  At a recent family wedding, an old timer was telling me that of his "unit", only three survived.  I have no idea if this is true or not.

Link Posted: 10/26/2010 5:25:37 AM EDT
My Uncle was a 19 year old Private with B 1/28 KIA 22 Feb 1945 Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands

Link Posted: 10/26/2010 6:12:42 AM EDT
After I read "Flags of our Fathers" & "Fly Boys" Iwo & Chi Chi Jima  took on a little more meaning.

Also near my little home town there is a family grave site that goes back to the late 1700's.  There are headstones for family that have died in the Revolutionary War, WWI & WWII.  The marker for WWI is from a Marine that died there IIRC 28 Feb 1945.

RIP Marines
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 6:15:06 AM EDT
My Grandfather was in the 4th Marine Div, 1st Bn, 25th Marines and was in the inital landing and stayed on the beach the whole 36 days. He was a "ship loading man" according to the documents I received from the National Archives. He hit the beach as a heavy machine gunner and then went to his primary job of unloading the supply ships.

I need to go to Washington and get copies of the archives for the unit to get more details.
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 11:26:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 11:39:39 AM EDT
My grandfather (4th MARDIV) barely survived the wounds he received on Iwo. Glad he did, or else i wouldn't be here.

RIP, Grandpa.

Link Posted: 10/26/2010 11:40:49 AM EDT

Didn't the landing on Iwo Jima claim more lives than on Omaha beach?

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