Flags of Our Fathers. Heroes of Iwo Jima by Michael French

By Michael French

Now abridged for adolescents, Flags of Our Fathers is the unforgettable chronicle of possibly the main well-known second in American army historical past: the elevating of the U. S. flag at Iwo Jima. this is the genuine tale in the back of the immortal photo that has come to represent the braveness and indomitable will of the USA.

In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima--and into heritage. The son of 1 of the flag raisers has written a strong account of six very various males who got here jointly within the heroic conflict for the Pacific's most important island.

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In a dark closet they discovered three heavy cardboard boxes. In those boxes my father had saved the many photos and documents that came his way as a flag raiser. All of us were surprised that he had saved anything at all. Later I rummaged through the boxes. One letter caught my eye. The cancellation indicated it was mailed from Iwo Jima on February 26, 1945, written by my father to his folks just three days after the flag raising: “I’d give my left arm for a good shower and a clean shave, I have a 6 day beard.

Private First Class Strank sailed first to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for additional training in January 1941. America was at peace, but the Marines had been practicing amphibious assaults in the Caribbean islands for over sixteen years by now. By April Corporal Strank was back at Parris Island, and he later began molding other young Marines at New River, North Carolina (now Camp Lejeune). He became Sergeant Strank two months after Pearl Harbor. By June 1942, after a short leave to visit his family in Pennsylvania, he was headed for combat.

Iwo Jima is a very small place to have hosted such a savage battle. Only eight square miles, the tiny island barely crests the seemingly infinite Pacific. The value of capturing this speck of land for the Americans was its location and its two airfields. The island provided a place for American planes to stop and refuel on crucial bombing missions to and from Japan. Not many Americans make it to Iwo Jima these days. It is a dry wasteland of black volcanic ash that reeks of sulfur (the name means “sulfur island”).

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