Sunday, March 22, 2015

Return to Iwo Jima

70 years ago, this week, the main fighting ended on Iwo Jima. For a month Marines had been in combat. Finally it was over. The airfield was being repaired and improved. The Division cemeteries were built and being filled. The number of graves was so great that Seabees with earth moving equipment were used dig trenches in rows.



Yesterday, March 21st, 2015, Marine veterans from Iwo Jima and current active duty Marines visited the island. For many of the battle veterans, it will be the last time. They are elderly. The island is far away and it is now back in the hands of the Japanese who do not allow casual visitors. Here's what Stars and Stripes wrote about yesterday's observances.




4 comments:

WoFat said...

Of course the Japanese don't allow casual visitors; they LOST.

Old NFO said...

And they've changed the name, it's now known in Japan as Iwo To.

R.K. Brumbelow said...

A few comments by one of my uncles on Iwo Jima made it into an article on his outfit (483rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery) in the Shelbyville Times Gazzette They were Army attached to the Marine Corps.

Goober said...

Casual visitors?

CASUAL VISITORS?

Their buddies are buried there. They left part of themselves on that island, all because of Japanese aggression and war-mongering. As far as I'm concerned, Japan ought to not only welcome them every year, but provide for their trip all expenses paid.

And the leader of Japan should apologize to them in person every time they come...