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The Letter from 1945
February 19, 1945 – Men with names like Kuwahara and Koyanagi were with the US Marines on the sands of Iwo Jima.
No, not the Japanese soldiers within the concrete fortifications led by General Tadamichi Kuribayashi of the Japanese Imperial Army. These were Americans of Japanese descent, or Japanese-Americans. Nisei. And to make matters worse, they were in the uniforms of the US Army. GI Joes. The Japanese were trying to kill them, too.
Sorry, Marines. It wasn’t all your show – lightheatedly, of course. (One of the greatest US Marines, John Basilone, CMH, Navy Cross gave his life on those black talcum powder-like sands.)
Having said that, ever watch the iconic B&W World War II classic, “The Sands of Iwo Jima”? John Wayne might just be turning over in his grave. But to his credit, the movie is one of my faves. It’s…
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I’ve missed a lot of your posts lately and today especially I was hoping to get a chance to read history from you, So much has been missed from social studies in high school.
What an incredible story your family has though! :O 🙂
My nephew watched “Sands of Iwo Jima” and enlisted in the Marines the next day.
That’s the way it was back then. Whenever it aired, Marine enlistments jumped. Did you know they filmed the “landing” at Camp Pendleton?
No I did not. Wow.
An excellent post to reblog, Koji!! Through those portals many a hero passed….
I put this link on IHRA’s site, I hope you don’t mind. They do such fantastic research and have an interview today of a Nisei MISer. They probably won’t be back online until Monday for a response.
To the best friend anyone could ask for!
Awwww…! Sniff! Sniff! Merry Christmas, Gpcox!!!!!!! 🐯🐶🐏🐮
Here’s hopin’ you and your loved ones have a great season and 2017!!
Thought you might be interested in this if you didn’t already know about it…
PS. I hope you’re feeling better these days, my friend.
I didn’t know if you’d be interested in this but I’m sending it anyway.
Thanks! I do have a few including the Minidoka edition with had my then six year old cousin’s obituary. I will find time to take a look!
I hope life is treating you well, my friend!!
Getting hitched, as they say, in July!
FANTASTIC!! You’ve set a date! I am excited and happy for you!!