|Pfc. Joseph Flynn, 5th Eng. Btn, 5th Corps|
before the last living memories are gone and the revisionists take over.
I received the following email a few days ago from my dad
Yesterday was the 67th anniversary of D-day on Iwo Jima.So many men died that day, it was terrible. And last night,67 years ago, was the most anxious night of my life; as you can well imagine.
I will think a lot about Iwo throughout the coming Month -- not every momentof course, but a lot none-the-less.
|D-day on Iwo Jima|
|5th Marines pause for religious services|
Today is the anniversary of the flag-raising, made famous in photographic history. One sometimes reads that the iconic raising was "staged for the cameras" as a publicity stunt. The hipster generation is so hip and and so knowingly cynical that it cannot imagine anything else. But in fact, the second flag was raised because the commanding general wanted a flag that could be seen all over the island. At lunch today, my dad recalled that moment when the flag went up. He was forward in the 5th Division zone and it was an electric moment, followed an instant later by the horns of all the ships in the task force blaring at once.
There was still a month to go.
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Another moment he recalled at lunch was when he was aboard a troopship heading for Japan. Along the way, their officer announced that Japan had surrendered. Uncertain of the news, the Marines went on deck -- and saw the running lights of the vast fleet snap on across the waters of the Pacific. He remembers thinking I hope all the Jap submarines have gotten the word.
Me, I've always wondered where that troopship would have gone if Japan had not surrendered just then.