Friday, March 19, 2010

D + 26

My brother-in-law Frank submitted this as a comment but it deserves the full light of a post:

D Plus 26.
The Marines have repulsed heavy Japanese counter attacks on March 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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The Marines have pushed the Japanese into the Northern Corner of Iwo. It is called Cushman's Pocket after the Marine Officer in charge of eliminating resistance. This assault will continue through to March 24.

Six Medals of Honor are awarded in this area alone during the fighting.

While waiting for The PACIFIC on Sunday (broadcast on HBO), Jerry described pushing forward and remembers going up by the airfields. Jerry believed his unit came across a fourth airfield that was under construction.

Gunfights are pretty rough right now in A-Stan with the Marines. They only last a few hours. The Marines of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Divisions have been in combat for 26 days. No showers, no toilets and a helmet for their pillow.
The Sherlock Grandchildren should count themselves lucky. Jerry is a simple man who participated in one of the hardest campaigns of World War Two. Very few people understand what these guys went through, where Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue.

So if you are a Sherlock Grandchildren, take a moment to read up on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo.

We are all very lucky. If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have you.
Semper Fi Marines!

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