As flags representing various branches of the military waved in the morning breeze Monday, former Marine Jack Thurman shared his experiences about serving at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
He recalled seeing red and blue flashes — battle fire — on the horizon just before landing on the coast.
“We could hear the booming of the artillery as they zeroed in on the island of Iwo,” Thurman said. “We thought to ourselves, ‘There’s no way anybody could stay alive on that island.’ The B-29s were bombing and dropping their loads on their way to Japan.”
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