Vets remember the real Iwo Jima

Vets remember the real Iwo Jima

There are 3 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 19, 2007, titled Vets remember the real Iwo Jima. In it, Newsday reports that:

Sixty-two years ago Monday, Angelo Ciotta of East Meadow stormed ashore on the black volcanic sands of the island of Iwo Jima with 70,000 other Marines to begin a 36-day struggle to capture one of the most ...

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Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 20, 2007
What effect did the recent books and films about Iwo Jima have on vets?
Bill Heyer

Toms River, NJ

#2 Feb 20, 2007
Newsday wrote:
What effect did the recent books and films about Iwo Jima have on vets?
Wow! What a powerful story. It puts it ALL in perspective. On these boards, knuckleheads trade comments about insignificant stuff like Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith, and the REAL people we should be writing about (or at least thinking about) are these elderly gentlemen - who as mere kids - sixty-two years ago, stormed the beach at Iwo Jima. 7,000 American Marines died in one month. I'm sitting here in front of this computer trying to imagine the horror they faced that day!
How would I have behaved? I know I would've been scared Sh**less, THAT'S for sure! Yeah, I think about today's kids in Iraq, too. Different war,
though. For the basic same reason, however: The Japanese attacked us first at Pearl Harbor, and the
Al Qaeda scum attacked the World Trade Center. Anybody that doesn't see the parallel, is out to lunch. Oh, well, THIS thread is about the Iwo Jima vets. Thanks, guys!
long islander

Alexandria, VA

#3 Feb 20, 2007
good article.

but in the end wars are about politics and politicians it has never been about the soldiers because they are only the tools of the politics.
the soldiers follow orders given by the higher ups, they fight to protect their friends right there and then.. the whole greater good or cause may be in their minds but honestly what are they thinking about at that moment in battle?.. probably how to stay alive and make sure their fellow soldiers stay alive, not some political message on tv or "save the world" etc.. more like, "how the heck do i stay alive and not get killed and not get all my fellow soldiers killed"

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