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A wounded U.S. Marine soldier, lying on stretcher at left, is given blood plasma by American Navy hospital corpsmen on Iwo Jima, Japan, on March 3, 1945 during World War II.  Two Marines can be seen walking away, at right, after getting medical attention.  The aid station is surrounded by captured Japanese equipment.  (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal) #

A wounded U.S. Marine soldier, lying on stretcher at left, is given blood plasma by American Navy hospital corpsmen on Iwo Jima, Japan, on March 3, 1945 during World War II. Two Marines can be seen walking away, at right, after getting medical attention. The aid station is surrounded by captured Japanese equipment. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal) #

2nd from left: 18 year old machine gunner Jack Tilley, holding a rescued puppy with his 5th MarDiv machine gun team on Iwo Jima. His Browning M1919A4 is hanging from the strap on his right shoulder.

2nd from left: 18 year old machine gunner Jack Tilley, holding a rescued puppy with his 5th MarDiv machine gun team on Iwo Jima. His Browning M1919A4 is hanging from the strap on his right shoulder.

Marines Praying on Iwo Jima - BE029166 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis

Marines Praying on Iwo Jima - BE029166 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis

Iwo Jima Operation, 1945    Three Japanese soldiers, persuaded by a compatriot and American bullets, emerge from their hiding place to surrender. Taken on 5 April 1945, during "mopping up" operations by U.S. Army occupation forces on Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima Operation, 1945 Three Japanese soldiers, persuaded by a compatriot and American bullets, emerge from their hiding place to surrender. Taken on 5 April 1945, during "mopping up" operations by U.S. Army occupation forces on Iwo Jima.

hard for me to realize that my Papa Shabdue was one of these soldiers - he may be in this picture, I'll never know.  O

hard for me to realize that my Papa Shabdue was one of these soldiers - he may be in this picture, I'll never know. O

Direct frontal attack on Jap positions in rocky northern Iwo Jima. Explosions are Jap mortars landing near the tank. Gained 30 yards of grounds, loss of 30 men. Iwo Jima - February 1945

Direct frontal attack on Jap positions in rocky northern Iwo Jima. Explosions are Jap mortars landing near the tank. Gained 30 yards of grounds, loss of 30 men. Iwo Jima - February 1945

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