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Postby stomperrob » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:56 am

Today, Feb 19 is truly a day to pay homage to those who you so aptly call "The Greatest Generation" - those brave men who fought in WWII. Today marks the 60th anniversary of what was one of the bloodiest and toughest battles in American history - the battle for Iwo Jima.
The battle was only supposed to last a few days due to the heavy bombing by the B-29s and the ships offshore that preceeded the invasion. Little did the troops know that the Japanese soldiers were 46 feet underground in miles of tunnels.
In the first day, the U.S. suffered 2,000 casualties. After 48 hours there were 5,000 casualties. When FDR was given this news he wept openly. The medics and corpsmen couldn't keep up with the carnage - 200 of them were killed and 500 wounded trying to aid their compatriots. Overall the casualty rate for the Americans was 33 percent - some units were as high as 75 percent. One officer declared the invasion a success on Feb 23 - he was mistaken, in fact the battle lasted 36 days. Of the 20,000 Japanese soldiers, only 200 were taken alive. The U.S. suffered 6,825 dead and 19,000 wounded.
In that famous photo of the 6 Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima (which was actually the second flag raised as they wanted to use a larger one), it was actually in the first week of battle when they captured the high ground and not the end of the battle. Of those 6 Marines in that photo, 2 were killed 2 injured, and 2 were able to walk off the island.
Such was the bravery exhibited by the fighting men that an incredible 27 Medals of Honor were awarded.
Their efforts must never be forgotten - they fought and died for our freedom.

(next week the History Channel is doing a special on the battle which includes taking some of the survivors back to Iwo Jima for the first time - it's scheduled for Thursday).
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Postby Rico The Retard » Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:03 am

definitely a one of the worst battles in American history, very sad, im going to try to catch the special on history channel, i enjoy these types of things
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Postby Madison » Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:31 am

Being brought up in a military family, I have much respect for all our troops and thank them for all they do, and have done, to protect our country. ;-D
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Postby bleach168 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:59 am

That generation basically saved the world. We are so lucky.
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Postby Pacman » Sat Feb 19, 2005 9:15 am

Hey stomperrob -- thank you very much for posting that. ;-D
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Postby stomperrob » Sat Feb 19, 2005 11:53 am

Pacman wrote:Hey stomperrob -- thank you very much for posting that. ;-D


No prob - this is one of those days that must never be forgotten.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:05 pm

Great post stomperrob..... ;-D

It is truely amazing what the generation did to preserve freedom.... ;-D
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Postby VaTribeFan » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:23 pm

stomperrob wrote:
Pacman wrote:Hey stomperrob -- thank you very much for posting that. ;-D


No prob - this is one of those days that must never be forgotten.


If I could tie in baseball with military service, look at some of the players from years past (Bob Feller and Ted Williams come to mind) who served their country.

Imagine what Feller's numbers would have looked like had he not served in WWII.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 2:57 pm

We are so lucky that there will never be another war like that.
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Postby Kingctb27 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:48 pm

Thanks for posting that. Thanks to all our Troops and Forefathers ;-D
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