Three Aging Veterans Return to Iwo Jima, Almost 70 Years Later

U.S. flag over Mount Suribachi
U.S. flag over Mount Suribachi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost 70 years after the battle of Iwo Jima, three of the surviving veterans are returning to the island for the first time. Their trips have been made possible because of contributions from Daughters of World War II and American Airlines.

What struck me was the memory of Bill Schott, who was only 18 when he fought in the famous battle. He vividly remembers laying in a foxhole and seeing the American Flag being raised on Mount Suribachi, although he can’t remember very many other details. That might be as well since it was such a bloody violent battle.

It is very important to write down the memories of our World War II veterans while we still have them. This generation is dying out and within a few years all opportunities will be lost.

That is critical for our family histories as well.
I was talking with my cousin the other day and she asked me if I knew how our grandparents met. I didn’t.

Unless my Mother knows, we will not be able to perhaps ever find out. That is just one small example of what we are losing if we don’t take the time to write it down not only for ourselves, but for the next generation.

World War II re-shaped our world. We need to pay special attention to all our veterans, but particularly those from a war fought seventy years ago.

Aging Iwo Jima Veterans Return to Island

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