Letter from Iwo Jima and the USS Rosenthal

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Letter from Iwo Jima and the USS Rosenthal

Two sort of interesting things I wanted to share.  Barstool Sports had up an interesting piece today that was a letter home from Iwo Jima.  Here's the letter with transcript below it:

If you can't make it out, the letter reads:

Dear Mom + Dad,

I am writing you from Iwo Jima Island and am safe well. I think that the less said about the battle the better and I hope that it will lose some of its vividness in my mind. What we should never forget are the dead men and those maimed and crippled. Above all, no one after the war should stop fighting to enforce the peace. Those who hate war must always stay prepared. A lot of the stuff here seems to have the USA tinge. Some call it fate, others call it destiny.

Hereafter, I’ll call it religion. There are no atheist on the island. It has some nice airfields planes already are landing. There are sulphuric hot springs here and an abandoned sulfur mine. Mt Suribachi is a volcano and my greatest pride is out flag there. The Fifth division has taken a heavy share. Tell everyone I am safe and well.

Love and kisses, your son

Sgt Grant H. Gary 

The flag he mentions is the iconic picture of the Marines raising the flag that was captured on film by Joseph Rosenthal.  Jonn Lilyea reports today a piece from SF Gate that an effort is underway to name a ship after him:

“Joe Rosenthal took one of the greatest photographs in history, and yet he has been bypassed by history,” said Tom Graves, a member of the Marine Corps Correspondents Association who is spearheading the drive.

Graves and members of the Marines’ Memorial Association in San Francisco have an online petition — www.ussjoe.org. They have over 1,300 signatures and plan to get thousands more before submitting them to the Secretary of the Navy.

So far they have the support of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and hundreds of Marines and veterans. Graves hopes to get the backing of many more political bodies, including the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Rosenthal, then a civilian war correspondent working for the Associated Press, took the picture of the Marines raising the flag atop Suribachi mountain on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. 

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