The US Marines landed the black sandy shores of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. Four days later, they raised the flag on Mt Suribachi but the fighting continued until March 26th before the island was declared secured.
If I counted correctly, today would be Day 17.
Dodging gunfire, helping wounded comrades, sleeping here and there in a fox hole. Always on the alert for the enemy.
Jerry landed on the 19th. By this time, he had been in combat for 17 days. When would it end? No one knew then that it would go for another 18 days. He did not leave the island until March 27th.
Thank the veterans of Iwo Jima for their service!
Thank all veterans for the comforts we have and enjoy!