In World War II, the Marines performed a central role in the Pacific War, along with the U.S. Army. The battles of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Tarawa, Guam, Tinian, Cape Gloucester, Saipan, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa saw fierce fighting between Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army. Some 600,000 Americans served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.
My search for a veteran of Iwo Jima led me to US Marine, Lawrence F Kirby: wounded and decorated through amphibious assaults of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. In the year since his signing, I [Read more]