19 Feb 2017

71st Anniversary Battle of Iwo Jima

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V Amphibious Corps Shoulder Patch

February 19, 1945, the Marine Corps landed on Iwo Jima. The battle went on for five weeks and cost 6,821 Americans killed, 19,271 wounded.

My father’s commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Graves B. Erskine, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, said: “Victory was never in doubt. What was in doubt was whether there would be any of us left to dedicate our cemetery at the end.”

My father, William G. Zincavage, later in 1945, a farewell to the service photo taken just before his discharge in December.

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My ex’s uncle Fred was a young Marine at Iwo. He never spoke of it. I knew him as a quiet man with a quietly sharp sense of humor. His wife divorced him in large part she said because of his nightime terrors. He would awake,screaming,at what never left him. Godspeed, Uncle Fred,and William G. Zincavage,and all those extraordinary men.


Great family photo, wish my father had one but he was in the hospital recovering at war’s end. Can you flip the photo so it is correct. Awards should be on the left for USMC.


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