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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Today we honor the men of Iwo Jima
by Kevin “Coach” Collins
Seventy two years ago today the United
States Marine Corps sent waves of teenage men onto the black foreboding
beaches on a Japanese held island called Iwo Jima. Capturing Iwo Jima was
essential to the American war against Japan as it offered a place for battered
bombers to safely land which would save the lives of hundreds of airmen
returning from sorties over Japan in barely flyable planes.
The average age of these men was just
under nineteen. They knew what was at stake and charged up Iwo’s beaches
sometimes straight into enemy machine gun fire that would have stopped lesser
soldiers. They kept pushing and killing and getting killed, but never stopped;
never whined; never “protested” and never thought of disgracing themselves by
demanding a “safe space.”
Iwo Jima Flag Raising
They were the finest America had and
they did a job that simply had to be done. They fought to keep us from being
the slaves of the Japanese. They made sure the Marine boast that “If it wasn’t
for the United States Marines we’d be speaking Japanese,” was backed up not by
words, but by their blood.
Today the great grandsons of the Men
of Iwo Jima are largely an embarrassment to themselves and their country. Their
blue spiked hair, gold nose rings and proud ignorance of how and why America works
make them pale shadows when juxtaposed with their hero great grandfathers.
Many of the Men of Iwo Jima had not
finished high school when they stepped forward to fight for their country. Many
of them had volunteered after the terrible beating the Marine Corps had
sustained in battles like Guadalcanal and Peleliu.
Iwo Jima Memorial
Yet they still came. They didn’t have
to be told what they had to do. They were men at the age of 16 and 17 and many
were handling man size responsibilities even before they were sweating it out in
Marine Boot Camp.
Now there are only a few of these
warriors left. Those who are still with us are frail and not what they once
were physically but just as strong in their love of America as ever.
Should you have the honor meeting one of these heroes thank him because God
knows he deserves our thanks and recognition.