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My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima - 7/10
A Tribute.
Jul 15, 2010

December 7th, 1945
Pearl Harbor
Japan attacks America
The nation is in shock
President Roosevelt
A day in Infamy

"Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

Fresh out of High School
His whole life before him
A country in trouble
A call to arms
The Marine Corps beckons
The Greatest Generations assembles

"Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

Boot camp in San Diego
Forced marches and push ups
Drill instructors
Rifle ranges
Playing cards with his buddies
Gonna take the fight to the japs

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

Shipped off to Hawaii
Reading letters at mail call
Liberty in Honolulu
Specialized training
Playing cards with his buddies
A secret mission

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

Thousands of men loading onto ships
An armada of destroyers take to sea
Cold, salt water showers
Sleeping in cramped bunks
Playing cards with his buddies
Finally being told where they're going

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

February 19th, 1945
A 4am breakfast of steak and eggs
Climbing down the side of the ship
A long Higgins Boat ride on rough waters
Sea sickness
Fear
What's going to happen next?

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

A beach landing
The ramp goes down
Cold salt water
Soft black sand
Chaos everywhere
Turning 19 in a fox hole

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

Mount Suribachi
The raising of the flag
Joe Rosenthal
A famous photograph
An iconic symbal
A source of national pride

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

The battle raged on
How long would it last?
8,000 Marines die
20,000 Japanese forces killed
Thirty days later the island is secured
The battle is won

"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"

August 1945
President Truman
Hiroshima
Nagasaki
Japan Surrenders
The war is over

My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima

Sixty-five-years later
The Greatest Generation is slowly leaving us
A draped coffin
A family gathers
A lifetime worth of memories
America - still - free

(in part because)
"My Uncle Fought on Iwo Jima"









The Secret Life of a Snowbird

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