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Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific

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The Men Who Fought and Survived the Deadliest Battle of the Pacific-In Their Own Words.

On February 19, 1945, approximately 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny island in the Pacific. After thirty-five days and unspeakable struggle, Iwo Jima became one of costliest battles of World War II. This masterful oral history tells the epic story of this battle through the accounts of twenty-two veterans, including the last surviving flag-raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo code ...

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Overview

The Men Who Fought and Survived the Deadliest Battle of the Pacific-In Their Own Words.

On February 19, 1945, approximately 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny island in the Pacific. After thirty-five days and unspeakable struggle, Iwo Jima became one of costliest battles of World War II. This masterful oral history tells the epic story of this battle through the accounts of twenty-two veterans, including the last surviving flag-raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo code talker, a retired general, and two Medal of Honor recipients. With photographs and maps, Iwo Jima is a stunning history of an emblematic battle and a powerful, personal history of this greatest generation of Marines.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The story of the Battle of Iwo Jima is well known, especially with the attention it received on its 60th anniversary in 2005 and the publication then of several fine studies (e.g., James Bradley and Ron Powers's Flags of Our Fathers), not to mention Clint Eastwood's two recent films. Now best-selling author Smith (Beyond Glory) has amassed a superb collection of 22 oral histories from Iwo Jima veterans, including two Medal of Honor winners, a Navajo "Code-Talker," the last surviving flag raiser from the first flag raising on Mount Suribachi, a war correspondent, and an African American marine who served in an ammo company. These veterans make for a good mix of officers and enlisted men. In his introductions and follow-ups to their memories, Smith discusses the controversy surrounding the flag raisings (whether posed or genuine, etc.), the fate of Japanese commander Kuribayashi, and the ultimate fate of the island itself, among other topics. In spite of the extensive literature on Iwo Jima, this is a unique and compelling book; strongly recommended for all collections. (Photos not seen.)
—David Lee Poremba

Kirkus Reviews
Veterans tell personal stories of the iconic 1945 island battle. In his third oral-history collection, veteran journalist Smith (The Few and the Proud: Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words, 2006) interviewed 22 retired soldiers, all over the age of 80. Readers accustomed to today's wars, in which a single American death makes headlines, may recoil at the mass slaughter these men witnessed. Several marine flamethrowers relate the gruesome mechanics of their specialty. A surviving medic (nearly 200 died) reveals the equally horrific duties that won him a Medal of Honor. A sailor who participated in minesweeping before his ship's landing recalls how, despite never touching shore, dozens of his shipmates died. An operations officer describes the weeks during which almost all his fellow officers and friends fell. Perhaps the most moving subject is Samuel Tso, a Navajo from a poor family who never saw them during four years at a government high school in which officials forced students to speak only English. Drafted into the legendary code-talkers, he and his fellow tribesmen used the formerly forbidden Navajo language as a secure method of communication between units during battle. Several crewmen describe missions during which an emergency landing on Iwo saved their lives. Since each veteran summarizes his life history, readers will learn what it was like to grow up in Depression-era America, when nearly everyone struggled. Thankfully, all of the stories contained here have happy endings. Exemplary oral history.
From the Publisher
"This audiobook is a must for all WWII aficionados." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393062342
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 993,799
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps

Pt. 1 The Invasion 3

1 Corporal Richard Nummer 5

2 Seaman James Bush 17

3 Corporal James "Salty" Hathaway 26

4 Captain Fred Haynes 42

5 Corporal Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams 58

Pt. 2 Iron Mike's Posse 75

6 Corporal Glenn Buzzard 77

7 Private First Class Pete Santoro 93

8 Private First Class Domenick Tutalo 103

Pt. 3 Russell, Tso, Abbatiello, and Waterhouse 111

9 Captain Gerald Russell 113

10 Private First Class Samuel Tso 130

11 Corporal Al Abbatiello 144

12 Private First Class Charles Waterhouse 157

Pt. 4 The Flag Raisings 173

13 Warrant Officer Norman Hatch 179

14 Corporal Charles "Chuck" Lindberg 200

Pt. 5 The LST, Workhorse of the Invasion 211

15 Machinist's Mate Third Class Perle "Dusty" Ward 213

16 Pharmacist's Mate Third Class George Wahlen 221

17 Sergeant Cyril O'Brien 232

18 Sergeant Thomas Haywood McPhatter 248

Pt. 6 The Planes That Came 259

19 Lieutenant Robert Merklein 261

20 Staff Sergeant Valentine Chepeleff 272

21 Lieutenant Phil True 280

Pt. 7 Aftermath 293

22 The Japanese Commanders - Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi and Captain Tsunezo Wachi - and the Years Afterward 295

23 Patrick Mooney and the Graves 307

24 Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.) 319

App Military Terminology 341

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