Semper Fidelis to those who fought and died on Iwo Jima

February 19th is a day few Americans are thinking about as one of significance. However, for a few remaining warriors, it is a day they shall never forget.

Sixty-nine years ago, US Marines hit the volcanic beaches of an island in the Pacific called Iwo Jima. It was part of a month-long assault by 30,000 Marines as part of Operation Detachment. The goal was to capture the island and secure its three airfields which could be used to stage the coming assault against mainland Japan.

This was the first American attack on Japanese territory and the enemy soldiers and marines defended their positions with no thought of surrender. The battle for Iwo Jima was the only conflict fought by the U.S. Marine Corps where there were more American casualties than Japanese. However, the overall Japanese casualties were very high during Operation Detachment. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers at its start, only 216 were taken prisoner.

There are very few Iwo Jima veterans remaining. If you are so blessed and fortunate to know one, please tell him from me, thank you. If nothing else, take the time this day to sit with your children and grandchildren and tell them the story.

Semper Fidelis to those who fought and died on Iwo Jima, those men of the “Greatest Generation.”

12 COMMENTS

  1. Semper Fi to all my brothers that wear the Globe and Anchor. You stood tall when our country needed you ,and your gallantry will always be remembered and honored.

    • I am 70 years old , i was born on Paris Island,SC on 11/23/1943 , in the naval hospital. My dad was a drill Instructor (DI) , he was on Iwo Jima with the 4th. Marines. He never talked to me about the war , he died in 1968 , my mom told me he never got over Iwo Jima and blamed himself for so many getting killed and he did not , Mom said he always felt that he didn’t train the men good enough. He took his on life on 3/7/1968 and i was the one who found him , he is always on my mind , i loved him with all my being , he was so good to me , i miss his big arms around me , i have never felt so safe.
      God Bless all the brave marines that was on Iwo Jima !
      Hugh Usry 706-962-9204

  2. To the remaining heroes, thank you for you service, courage and sacrifice. to those who have passed on or died on Iwo Jima. R.I.P. and God Bless you.

  3. Their sacrifices of those who have gone before, will not be in vain … we will keep working in the First Amendment arena until Americans are SET FREE of their WH Oppressor, to prosper once again ….

    #BeClingers ——————–> #AmericaRISING

  4. Simpler Fi older brothers. You’d all be happy to know that you are still talked about and remembered. Every one of us who have ever stepped on those yellow foot prints had you to look up to.

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