Wednesday, February 19, 2020

75 Years Ago Today

February 19th, 1945. The planning and the training was over. Young men climbed down into landing craft and went ashore at Iwo Jima. 6,800 died, another 19,000 were wounded. It bears remembering what price has been paid for us.


My father was in the first wave ashore on Iwo Jima. He's 86 years old now, and every single night of his life, he has nightmares, and he wakes yelling.
--Jeff Lindsay

5 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Some of us appreciate those gentlemen, despite how the libs and snowflakes behave.

Old NFO said...

Truly the greatest generation, and a lot of 18 year olds carrying weapons and using them effectively, contrary to what Bloomie says...

edutcher said...

And it was all a mistake.

Even Richard B Frank, former chief Navy historian, admits it.

LSP said...

No small thing. At any level.

Goober said...

Not a mistake. A precaution that turned out necessary. Fog of war and all that.