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February 19, 1945 – The Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19, 1945, at 08:59, one minute ahead of schedule, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines of the 3rd Marine Division, the 4th Marine Division, and the new 5th Marine Division, making up the V Amphibious Corps, landed on the beach at Iwo Jima. 8 more words

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Watch this man paint something amazing

On October 22, 2016, at a Toledo Walleye hockey game in Toledo, Ohio, artist Joe Everson kicked off the game by painting what appeared to be random blotches of blue on a black canvas, as he sang… 71 more words

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Debarkation: Putting The Boots In The Boats

As I deliver author presentations around the country, I am often asked how the attack transports in WWII unloaded their troops and equipment. In this post, I will use a few pictures to demonstrate how navy and coast guard crews transferred marines and soldiers to the landing craft. 289 more words

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Marines Raising Flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima

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Remembering Iwo Jima

One of my editors asked if I wanted to interview a couple of guys in town who fought on Iwo Jima. Talk about a rhetorical question. 2,896 more words

Honoring Veterans Requires More Than a Parade

The U.S.S. Iwo Jima, one of the Navy’s largest, most versatile ships, docked in Manhattan last week. More than 1,300 members of its crew and embarked Marines enjoyed the city’s hospitality; and in turn New Yorkers showed them our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. 804 more words

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