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Commemorating Memorial Day, I ran across this and had to share. And, no, it was not staged. The photographer and the film cameraman caught the moment.

Blessings on all of our passed heroes. Lord have mercy.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    God Bless them

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    • May 25, 2020, at 10:54 AM PDT
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  2. RightAngles Member

    I had never seen this!

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    • May 25, 2020, at 11:20 AM PDT
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  3. EJHill Podcaster
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    Joe Rosenthal, the AP photographer that took the photo was modest about his work. “I took the picture,” he said, “the Marines took Iwo Jima.”

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    • May 25, 2020, at 11:27 AM PDT
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  4. Jules PA Member

    A right and true memorial. 

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    • May 25, 2020, at 5:08 PM PDT
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  5. Miffed White Male Member
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    PJ O’Rourke went to visit Iwo Jima in 2004 and wrote about it here:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/2004/06/orourke.htm

     

    The three of us were guests on a trip that is offered periodically to young enlisted Marines in recognition of exemplary performance and attitude. The journey is spoken of as a “morale booster.” It was July. Iwo Jima is almost on the Tropic of Cancer, parboiled by the North Equatorial Current. In the sun its rocks become charcoal-colored briquettes in a hibachi. The temperature was 100، in the daytime and 100، at night. The humidity was 100 percent. When there was wind, it was an eructation. The volcanic vents on Iwo Jima are still active. The name means “Sulfur Island” in Japanese. The visiting Marines were not allowed to smoke or swim or explore on their own. They slept on the ground. Reveille was at 5:00 A.M. They were led on hikes all day, covering the island’s eight square miles. I was never in the military, but if this is what boosts morale, I want nothing to do with what causes morale to deteriorate.

     

    We gave Iwo Jima back to Japan in 1968. It is now, as it was in February of 1945, a Japanese military base. At sunset when I was there, the Japanese national anthem was played over loudspeakers near the Marines’ campground. Every U.S. Marine turned toward the Japanese flag, stood at attention, and saluted. A Marine sergeant major of my generation, who was leading the morale-boosting trip, said under his breath, “My grandfather would be rolling over in his grave if he saw this.”

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    • May 26, 2020, at 5:42 AM PDT
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  6. Doctor Robert Member

    Here is Iwo Jima as I saw it in July 2009.

    My late friend Gerry, a Marine Corps musician, was forced to exchange his saxophone for a shovel and rifle for the invasion of Iwo Jima. The last photo shows a bit of my second son Jon, now a public defender in the Bronx. Three generations earlier and he might have been taking machine gun fire at Iwo instead of viewing a solar eclipse.

    We are so lucky to live when we do.

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    • May 26, 2020, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  7. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    The name means “Sulfur Island” in Japanese.

    Perfect.

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    • May 26, 2020, at 1:33 PM PDT
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