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The Suburbanite
  • Letter to the Editor, Invitation for heroes

  • Sixty-seven years ago on Feb. 19, 1945, the United States Marines landed on the tiny island of Iwo Jima. The bloodiest, most horrific battle in U.S. history. More Marines died that first day than died the first day at Normandy (D-Day).

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  • Sixty-seven years ago on Feb. 19, 1945, the United States Marines landed on the tiny island of Iwo Jima. The bloodiest, most horrific battle in U.S. history. More Marines died that first day than died the first day at Normandy (D-Day).
    The Marines suffered 25,000 casualties at Iwo Jima. Seven-thousand five hundred Marines died, 17, 500 were wounded. The Japanese had 200 surrender and 23,000 killed in battle.
    On Feb. 23, 1945, two flags were raised on Mount Suribachi. The second flag was the most famous. Joe Rosenthal, an Associated Press photographer, captured that everlasting picture of six Marines the second flag. Later that day three of those Marines were killed.
     On Thursday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at O’Charley’s restaurant on Howe Road a fine group of WWII Marines, Navy and Air Force fondly known as the “Fathers of the Flag -- Iwo Jima Unit One” will gather and reminisce about the friends, buddies and comrades who did not make it home.
    All veterans are invited to join and honor these heroes. World War II vets are especially welcome.
    I am still looking for Iwo Jima vets, in particular a Mr. Linger. He attended a past get-together and I lost his phone number.
    Mr. Ed Lunda, the last of the Tuskegee Airmen living in Ohio, is due to attend along with former Cleveland Brown and radio personality Bob Golic.
    If there are any questions, please call George Pounders at 330-784-4623.
    These men are true heroes.
    Semper Fi!
    George Pounders
    Springfield