Friday, February 19, 2010

Remember: This is why...

February 19, 2010
Colorado USA

Iwo Jima
The raising of the American Flag on D-Day
February 19, 1945 on Mount Suribachim Japan.

This will be the bloodiest fight in Marine Corps history. We'll catch seven kinds of hell on the beaches, and that will be just the beginning. The fighting will be fierce, and the casualties will be awful, but my Marines will take the damned island. (concerning the upcoming attack on Iwo Jima)
-- Lieutenant General Holland M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith, USMC

Victory was never in doubt. Its cost was...What was in doubt, in all our minds, was whether there would be any of us left to dedicate our cemetery at the end, or whether the last Marine would die knocking out the last Japanese gun and gunner. (In reference to the Battle of Iwo Jima)
-- Major General Graves B. Erskine, USMC

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