Iwo Jima

On this date in 1945 five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima; John Rosenthal took the picture which has become the most famous of the Second World War. The monuments around the country are made from that famous moment captured by Rosenthal.

Sergeant Mike Strank the leader of the group and the oldest at 26 died on that bloody island on March 1, 1945, Harlon Block also died on that date, and Franklin Sousley died on March 21, 1945. The other three men Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian, Rene Gagnon, and Corpsman John Bradley survived the battle and returned to the United States as heroes of the battle. None of them considered themselves heroes; they all spoke simply of doing what they were told to do.

The battle planned for one week lasted five, 6,800 marines died, more than 20,000 others were wounded. The Japanese lost 18,844 of their 22,000 men. This was the only battle in which the American causalities were greater than the enemies.

These almost seven thousand men who never came off of the rock of blood and bodies paid the ultimate price for the freedom which you and I enjoy and take so for granted today.

America is the greatest country in the world, there is no argument about that and that greatness was grown from the lives of young men who never knew real adulthood, who died as boys because their country needed their sacrifice for our freedom.

Let us deserve their sacrifice, let us pass on to those who follow us the dreams and hopes of those boys less we dishonor their payment for our privilege.


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