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: â€œVictory was never in doubt. What was in doubt was whether there would be any of us left to dedicate our cemetery at the end.â€
My father, William G. Zincavage, later in 1945, a farewell to the service photo taken just before his discharge in December.