Past And Future

“Marines cleaning their .30 caliber water-cooled machine gun while in reserve [for the] first time since D-Day. Iwo Jima 26 February 1945.” USMC photo by Sgt. Nicholas Ragus, H&S Company, 24th Marines. First Battalion is now a week into the battle for Iwo Jima; it’s D-plus-6 and they have had a rough time in the … More Past And Future

Black Sand

Seventy years ago today, a nineteen-year-old ammunition carrier from Sylvania, Ohio, saved a man’s life. He made himself a human shield, protecting his friend as shells rained down. He survived four hours on Iwo Jima. His Silver Star award was posthumous. Many┬ádays later, a twenty-four-year-old mortarman from Port Arthur, Texas, picked up a rifle and … More Black Sand