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My grandfather's photo account of the battle of Iwo Jima

Discussion in 'Military' started by Netmonkey, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Jul 16, 2017 at 1:20 PM
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    Netmonkey

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    Up until now, I had no idea that my grandfather was in the battle of Iwo Jima. I knew he was in world war 2, but he never talked about his experiences and my father never mentioned it either. My grandfather died when I was young (in 1983). I remember him having this footlocker with all his personal belongings. When he died, the footlocker went to my aunt and when she died, it went to my cousin. My cousin lives near Dallas and I live near Austin so we get together now and again. Well, recently, my cousin went through the footlocker and found a picture book created by my grandfather. In it, there are many old family photos as well as 65 documented photos of him in Pearl Harbor, in route to Iwo Jima, and during the battle of Iwo Jima. He served on the USS Whitley which is an attack cargo ship and he was part of the crew for an LCM (landing craft mechanized). The Whitley was in TransRon 16 of Task Force 51 of the Fifth fleet.

    On to the pics... I scanned these in high res so this page may take a bit to load.

    Here is my grandfather when he first enlisted (1944)
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    Here he is after the war in 1945 with my great-grandmother
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    Here is the cover of the book that was in his footlocker
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    In the book, there was this picture index that he typed on November 6th, 1945. Use this index to get a description of each of the photos below.
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    My cousin also gave me a box of my grandfathers that contained coins and bills from all the ports he visited while serving, his Naval military card, and various sharpshooter and marksmen medals and awards.

    Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. Jul 16, 2017 at 1:23 PM
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    Thx for posting :thumbsup:
     
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    OMG!! THIS IS SO FUCKING COOL. Thanks for sharing such a cool personal history of your family and many thanks to your granddaddy for his service.
     
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    Thank you for sharing this.
     
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    I've been on top of mount Suribachi with 3rd BN 3rd Mar in 1984. Looking over the side I couldn't even imagine the perseverance and courage it took to take that mountain. Semper Fi marines
     
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    Thank you for sharing, so many heroes!
     
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    Wow great find!
     
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    Respect to those dudes
     
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    Awesome, I am sure he was one honorable man. Many in this country have not even a clue what sacrifices were made by good men like your Grandfather. Especially the illegal aliens and the free loaders. The flag in my yard flys for real men like your Grandfather and the thousands like him.

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    I think you can add a lot of US Citizens to that list as well. Nobody knows how they they got it until we don't anymore.
     
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    Damn. Coolest post I've seen on here so far. World was a lot bigger and so were the heros.
     
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    That's pretty cool you got to find those pics and story - if you think about it, pics and story could have been forever lost...
     
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    No kidding. I need to go visit my cousin and look at the rest of that footlocker.
     
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    @Netmonkey thank you for posting this. It's not just a family heirloom it's a national treasure. My mom and dad met in a naval hospital during the war. Times have changed and too much is forgotten and taken for granted.
     
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    Just wow!!!
     
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    Great post! Thank you so much for sharing
     
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    Thank you for sharing! We are very blessed that such a great generation existed in such perilous times. God bless him and his family.
     
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    Thanks for sharing @Netmonkey

    That information is gold. I have to say my favorite part is the last sentence in the description of picture #65.

    "All the Marines that took part in Iwo Jima rate the highest praise and places of Honor."

    I have so much respect for our veterans.
     
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    Wow, Thanks for sharing with us. What a valuable archive of your Grandfather's honorable life. I have so much respect for him and those that served to protect our way of life.
     
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    Yeah, the more I have learned about my grandfather, the more humble I have become. He had a very hard life. He left home at 11, lived through the great depression, joined the CCC (civilian conservation corps - he was sent to Fallon, NV to build infrastructure), and he enlisted and served in the Navy. Even though he did not have that much education (7th grade, maybe?), he provided the best he could for his family, but he also knew that school was important. He made sure that my dad went to college so that he could have a better quality of life. And my dad made sure that I went to college. By all standards, I have a far superior quality of life than my grandfather ever had. Every time I start complain about something in my life, I think about my grandfather and what he went through, and I am reminded that I don't have it that bad.
     
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    It's great that these survived the years. History like this is so often lost. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Yep, and we make sure our kids don't take it for granted. They have it much better than I did and hope their kids have it better than them . . .
     
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    Those are remarkable photos and brave men! I sincerely appreciate you posting these and sharing them with us.
    My great-grandfather, and grandfather were Seabees in the pacific and my great-uncle (great grandfather's son) was a corsair pilot in the pacific during WWII. None of them spoke of their time in that war but these photos gave me a small glimpse of what they endured.
    THANK YOU
     
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    this is amazing!! my mother's father served in the navy around this time. I'll have to see where he was stationed and so on!

    who knows, our grandfathers may have crossed paths! LOL

    nothing but respect for these guys who sacrificed and for those who are doing so today!

    nominated as best post/thread of the year! BY FAR!
     
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    EXTRAORDINARY pictures!! Thank you for sharing. I have never seen anything like these pics. You see all the movies and reenactments of the war, but these are straight up legitimate wartime pics. My grandfather (Still living... 92 years young) was a welder and mechanic working on LCMs.
     
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    Holy Crap!! What a find!!! You may want to contact Navy archive/history people. USMC may like to see these pics too. The provenance of these pics are as good as it gets. Stunning pics......
     
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    That sir, is a great idea. Keep his grandfathers memory alive for generations.
     
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    my wife mentioned that too. I am not even sure where I would start with that. what specific groups would appropriate to contact?
     
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    I had a boss whose uncle died at Iwo and his dad during D-day. Iwo was a bitch. Lots of Jar Heads bit it even with the Navy shelling the hell out of the island before and during their landing. Dang..
     
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