Monday, February 19, 2007

February 19, 1945

From the New York Times on February 19, 1945.

U. S. Marines Storm Ashore on Iwo Island
Nimitz Reports Invasion of Volcano Isle 750 Miles From Tokyo
Advanced Headquarters, Guam, Monday, Feb. 19 - American Marines, their path cleared by the most intensive neutralization campaign of the Pacific war, have landed on strategic little Iwo Island, one of the Volcano group, 750 statute miles south of Tokyo.
The landing was made this (Monday) morning. The Fourth and Fifth Marine Divisions made this first Marine Operation since the Palaus were invaded last September. [Lieut. Gen. Holland M. Smith, victor over the Japanese on Saipan, was in command of the Marines, The United Press said.]


Anonymous said...

Been thinking about it all day. Watched Flags of Our Fathers last night.
God I love my Marines!

BostonMaggie said...

That's funny....I've been thinking all day about how much I love you!!!