February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

    Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most expensive piece of worthless real estate in the history of the globe.  Expensive not in something as minor as money, but costly in something as all important

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James Forrestal and his Prophecy

  The last cabinet level Secretary of the Navy, and the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal was not content to remain in Washington.  As Secretary of the Navy during World War II he often visited the sites of active

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February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

      Seventy years ago today the Marines raised the flag over Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima and a mass was said at the summit.  Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most

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Iwo Jima: Valor Was a Common Virtue

    Seventy years ago the battle of Iwo Jima was under way.  The ferocity of the fighting can be gauged by this stark fact:  there were 82 Medals of Honor earned by Marines during the entire war in the

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John Wayne and the Sands of Iwo Jima

   They told me to get you into shape so you can handle a piece of this war. That’s what I’m gonna do and that means I’m gonna tell you what to do every day, how to button your buttons

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Vets Take Iwo Jima Memorial

    I doubt if most of them would call themselves the greatest American generation, probably deferring to the generation that fought the American Revolution or the generation that fought the Civil War.  However, we owe them a lot, and the debt keeps

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Marines’ Hymn

Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world.? But the Marines don’t have that problem. Ronald Reagan Something for the weekend.  The oldest of the official songs of a branch of the

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