Carnage on Iwo Jima remains seared into veterans’ memories 75 years after hellacious battle | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Carnage on Iwo Jima remains seared into veterans’ memories 75 years after hellacious battle

Roy Earle chuckles as he recalls his “memorable” 21st birthday laying communication lines on Iwo Jima 75 years ago. It isn’t long before the laugh turns to melancholy as the darkness of the hellacious battle fought there catches up with the 96-year-old Maine resident.

Then a private first class with the 4th Marine Division’s 1st Joint Assault Signal Company, Earle landed at Yellow Beach 1 on Iwo Jima in the fourth wave on Feb. 19, 1945. The short and agile field telephone and switchboard operator scooted up walls of black volcanic sand and ash under fire to find a large shell hole where he set up his switchboard that would link the beach with Marines on the front line.

The next day, he was ordered back down to the beach to find 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, which hadn’t established communications.

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My Dad was a US Marine.

Ethan Allen and...

When I was a kid I was told by my Dad to never bring up Iwo when his buddy was around. I asked why and The Old Man said;"Because he lost too many good friends and he would cry."

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