Re: Fw: IWO JIMA, JAPAN, DURING WW II

kim arbaugh
 

I was station on USCG Loran Station Iwo Jima from Jan 5, 1976 - Dec 23,1976 -- it was my favorite station in the Coast Guard
I was the Radioman/MARS operator for the station -- I have some pictures if anyone is interested

72/Fred/KA4RUR/QRP
 



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From: psmith61@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
To: Jerry Uhte ; 4sqrp <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Thu, Sep 24, 2015 7:59 pm
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Fw: IWO JIMA, JAPAN, DURING WW II

 
My wife and I went on a Washington tour a couple years ago. In the dusk i stood at the base of the IWO Memorial and had a visit with my maker. This is a GREAT story!

---- "Jerry Uhte k9ut@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:
> Thanks Bob, for that and thanks again to all who gave all !  Great story, i didnt realize there was 13 hands ! I saw the monument in DC a few years ago as well as Arlington.  Would like to see the WW2 memorials some day !
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>          Thanks again, God Bless them all, 73
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>           Jerry  K9UT
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>     Richmond, In.
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> From: Bob Nelson rln37@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
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> Subject: [4sqrp] Fw: IWO JIMA, JAPAN, DURING WW II
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> Subject: FW: IWO JIMA, JAPAN, DURING WW II
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> Each  year I am hired to go to   Washington , DC , with the eighth grade  class  from  Clinton ,  WI where I grew up, to videotape  their  trip.  I greatly enjoy visiting our Nation's Capital, and each  year I take some special memories back  with me.    This  fall's trip was especially memorable.    
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> On  the last night of our trip, we  stopped at the Iwo Jima   Memorial.  This memorial is the largest  bronze statue in the  world and depicts one of the   most famous photographs in  history -- that of the six brave soldiers  raising  the American Flag at the top of  a rocky hill on the  island of Iwo Jima , Japan ,  during WW  II.
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> Over  one hundred  students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed  towards the  memorial.   I noticed  a solitary figure  at the base of the statue,  and as I got closer he asked,   'Where are you guys from?'  
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> I  told him that we were from  Wisconsin .  'Hey, I'm a cheese  head, too! Come  gather around, Cheese heads,  and I will tell  you a story.'
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> (It  was James  Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to  speak at the  memorial the following day. He  was there that  night to say good night to his  dad, who had passed away. He   was just about to leave when he saw the buses  pull up.    I  videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his   permission to share what he  said from my videotape.   It  is one  thing to tour the incredible  monuments filled with  history in Washington , DC   , but it is quite another to  get the  kind of insight we received that night.)    
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> When  all had  gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his  words  that  night.)
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> 'My  name is  James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin . My dad is on  that statue, and I wrote a book  called 'Flags of  Our Fathers'. It  is the story of the six boys  you  see behind me.
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>   'Six  boys raised  the flag.   The first guy putting the pole in  the ground  is Harlon Block.    Harlon was an  all-state football player.   He enlisted in the Marine Corps  with all  the senior members of his football  team.    They were off to play another type  of game.   A game called 'War.'   But it didn't turn out  to be a  game.    Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his  intestines  in his hands.   I  don't say that to gross  you out, I say that because there are people who  stand in  front of this statue and talk about the  glory of war.    You  guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima  were 17, 18, and 19 years  old - and it was so hard that the ones who  did  make it home never even would  talk to their families about  it.
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>   (He  pointed to  the statue) 'You see this next guy?   That's  Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire . If you took  Rene's helmet off at the moment  this photo was taken and  looked  in the webbing of that helmet, you would find  a  photograph...a photograph of  his girlfriend Rene put that in there  for  protection because he was  scared.   He was 18  years old.    It was just boys who won the  battle of  Iwo Jima .   Boys.   Not old   men.  
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> 'The  next guy here, the third guy in  this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank.    Mike is my hero.   He  was  the hero of all these guys.  They called him the 'old man' because he  was so  old. He  was  already   24.   When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp,  he  didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's  die for  our country' He knew he  was talking to little boys.    Instead he  would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to  your  mothers.'
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>   'The  last guy on this side of the  statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from  Arizona .    Ira Hayes  was one of them who lived  to walk off Iwo Jima .    He went  into the White House  with my dad.    President Truman told him,  'You're a  hero'.    He told  reporters,  'How can I   feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the  island with me and  only 27 of  us walked off alive?'    
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> So  you take your  class at school, 250 of you spending a year together  having fun,  doing everything  together.   Then all  250 of you hit the beach, but  only 27 of your classmates walk   off alive.   That was Ira Hayes.   He had images  of horror in his  mind.   Ira Hayes carried the  pain  home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down,  drowned in  a very shallow  puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this   picture was  taken).
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>   'The  next guy,  going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from  Hilltop, Kentucky .  A fun-lovin' hillbilly   boy.   His best friend, who is now 70,  told me, 'Yeah, you  know, we took two cows up on the porch of the  Hilltop General   Store.   Then we strung wire across the stairs so  the cows  couldn't get  down.   Then we fed them Epsom  salts.   Those cows crapped all night. ' Yes, he  was a  fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on  Iwo Jima at the age of  19.   When  the telegram came to tell his  mother that  he was dead, it went to the Hilltop  General Store.    A  barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's   farm.   The neighbors  could hear her scream all night and  into the  morning.   Those  neighbors lived a quarter  of a mile away.
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>   'The  next guy, as  we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John  Bradley,  from Antigo, Wisconsin , where  I was raised.  My  dad lived until  1994,  but  he would never give  interviews.   When Walter  Cronkite's producers  or the New York Times would  call, we were  trained as little kids to say 'No,  I'm sorry, sir, my dad's  not  here.   He is in Canada fishing.   No,  there is no phone there,  sir.    No, we don't   know when he is coming back.'   My dad never fished or  even  went to Canada .    Usually, he was sitting  there right at the table  eating his Campbell 's    soup.   But we had to tell the press that he  was out  fishing.   He  didn't want to talk to the  press.
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>   'You  see, like  Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a  hero.   Everyone thinks these guys are heroes,   'cause they are in a photo and on a monument.    My dad  knew better.    He was a medic.   John  Bradley  from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver.   On Iwo  Jima he probably held over 200  boys as they died.   And  when boys  died on Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed,   without any medication or help  with the pain.
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>   'When  I was a  little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was  a  hero.   When I went  home and told my dad that, he  looked at me and said, 'I want you always to  remember that  the heroes of Iwo Jima are the  guys  who did not come  back.   Did NOT come  back.'    
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> 'So  that's the  story about six nice young boys... Three died on Iwo Jima   , and  three came back as national  heroes.     Overall, 7,000 boys died  on Iwo Jima in the worst battle  in  the history of the Marine Corps.    My voice is giving out,  so I will  end here.   Thank you for  your  time.'
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>   Suddenly,  the monument  wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag  sticking out of  the top.   It came to  life before  our eyes with the heartfelt words  of a son who did indeed have  a  father who was a hero.   Maybe not a  hero for the  reasons most  people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
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>   Let  us never forget  from the Revolutionary War to the current War on  Terrorism and  all the wars in-between that  sacrifice was made  for our freedom...please pray  for our  troops.  
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> Remember  to pray  praises for this great country of ours and also ....please  pray for our  troops still in murderous  places around the  world.  
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> REMINDER:  Every day  that you can wake up free, it's going to be a  great  day.    
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> One  thing I  learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that  is not  mentioned here is . . that if  you look at the statue  very closely and count  the number of 'hands' raising  the flag,  there are 13. When the man who made  the statue was asked why  there  were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the  hand  of  God.    
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> Great  story -  worth your time - worth every American's  time.   
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> Please pass it  on.  
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