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    Default From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    I am not the veteran, but I have a good friend who is, and I will post his experiences and feeling about his time there, from time to time. I have posted today a couple of his reminisces on a recent post of a picture of Easy Company survivors in Iwo Jima.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texag57 View Post
    I am not the veteran, but I have a good friend who is, and I will post his experiences and feeling about his time there, from time to time. I have posted today a couple of his reminisces on a recent post of a picture of Easy Company survivors in Iwo Jima.
    I think that is a great idea! I've seen the pictures you're talking about and they are beautiful, expecially if you think that they're part of your friend remembrances... I can't wait to read something about him... But, if you want to post something, may you use a little larger font size? I almost need a magnifying glass to read a "2" size font...
    Thanx for all!
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    Thanks for your reply, skorzeny 57. I did not meanfor the print to be that small, and totally agree that it was almost impossible to read. I hope to receive information from him in a few days, and will be glad to share.
    Quote Originally Posted by skorzeny57 View Post
    I think that is a great idea! I've seen the pictures you're talking about and they are beautiful, expecially if you think that they're part of your friend remembrances... I can't wait to read something about him... But, if you want to post something, may you use a little larger font size? I almost need a magnifying glass to read a "2" size font...
    Thanx for all!
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    keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect
    themselves against tyranny in government."
    Thomas Jefferson


    "I ask you sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people,
    except for a few public officials."
    George Mason

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    Quote Originally Posted by texag57 View Post
    Thanks for your reply, skorzeny 57. I did not meanfor the print to be that small, and totally agree that it was almost impossible to read. I hope to receive information from him in a few days, and will be glad to share.
    I enlarged the script a bit, hope that helps.
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    Thank you very much, flamethrowerguy. That helps a whole lot.
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    I enlarged the script a bit, hope that helps.
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    its funny, my cousin was in the Marine Corps and went to Iwo Jima for one of those memorial walk things, and he sent me some volcanic ash from there. it smells like pepper. when something troubles me, i look at that jar of ash and thing of the brave Marines who gave their lives defending our great nation. Semper Fi Marines!

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    Default Re: From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    Yeah, I'd like to hear of his remembrances also. Egorka has a thread of his grandfathers (I think) remembrances of the Eastern Front. You should check it out if you haven't.
    Edit: Here's the link:
    http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/show...ddad-s-memoirs
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    As soon as I get the copy of the talk he gives, I'll post a little at a time. When I asked about the climate, this past weekend, he told me about the very cool nights. One of the foxhole he dug was in a sulpher area, which he said was warm, and he thought he had it made at night. However, he said it did not take long before he could feel a "burning" sensation through his clothing and had to abandon that foxhole. I am looking forward to other experiences that I feel he will include in his talk.

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    Yeah, I'd like to hear of his remembrances also. Egorka has a thread of his grandfathers (I think) remembrances of the Eastern Front. You should check it out if you haven't.
    Edit: Here's the link:
    http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/show...ddad-s-memoirs
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    except for a few public officials."
    George Mason

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    Thanks for the thread location, navyson. I am going to check it out right now.
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    "I ask you sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people,
    except for a few public officials."
    George Mason

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    Default Re: From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    I remember some time back reading somewhere that some US Army personnel were involved in the Iwo Jima landings but have not been able to find any info on this. Does anybody outthere know anything about this? If there were Army guys there, how many and in what capacity?

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    Default Re: From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    I found that the 147th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, landed on Iwo in March of 1945 to garrison the Island. The 147th also did mop up on the island. If there were other Army outfits there, perhaps someone else will fill us in.
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    Default Re: From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    This will be my first installment from my friend, Clyde Jackson, who was a Private, in Fox Company, USMC on Iwo Jima. All the words are his words from a speech he gives to different organizations who request him to visit. Clyde, and his wife now reside in a home in Dallas, Texas.

    " Not many people had ever heard of Iwo Jima until the U.S. forces captured the Mariana Islands and Guam, and then built airfields for the long-rance B-29 bomber to strike at the very heart of the Japanese homeland.
    There was a problem-the 2600 mile round trip took them directly over Iwo-this they could not easily avoid, because the 29's were almost at their maximum distance, and they needed to fly the shortest and direct route. Iwo would also warn the homeland that the B-29's were on their way.
    Another problem- if any of the 29's had engine problems coming or going, or had battle damage and could not make it back to their home base, a crash landing in the water was their only choice, hoping to be rescued by the Navy rather than the Japanese. Therefore, the decision was made to capture Iwo. With Iwo in U.S. hands, the B29's would have a safe place to land, plus the long range P 51 fighters could escort the B-29's on their bombing runs.
    Iwo was different from any other island that we captured because it was part of the Japanese Empire, and would be most heavily defended, because a loss of Iwo would be a devastating blow to the morale of the Japanese people and especially to the military high command."

    Next: More on the Japanese preparations, as Clyde saw it.

    Joel
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    Default Re: From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    Cool, keep it up....
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    That I will, navyson.
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    George Mason

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    Default Re: From an Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Veteran

    Good job, Texag57. Very interesting, expecially if you think that these are words from a Iwo Veteran. Thanx to you and to him...
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