Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Victory was never in doubt

February 19, 2013
Colorado USA


Iwo Jima
The raising of the American Flag February 23, 1945 - on Mount Suribachi Japan
Battle of Iwo Jima/Operation Detachment February 19th thru 26th, 1945

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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