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I'm not sure of the source of this. I found it on another forum, and I thought it was well worth sharing.

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Awesome story! Very good stuff!
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Good stuff indeed!
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Wow! I didn't know any of that...it certainly isn't the glory we see on TV is it?
Thanks for posting this, it brings those men into light and instead of just being a bunch of guys on a hill, they are suddenly much more human.
*tears* God bless those families and the families that are still waiting for their boys to come home. May they find peace and understanding even if it takes some time
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Very nice post Exco! I read that book not too long ago, pretty powerful reading, thanks for sharing that!

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I have done lots of research on this throughout high school and since i've been in the military. for some reason the battle of iwo jima has always intrigued me. I will not take away from these 6 men who raised that flag, they are heros in my eyes along with all those who served before me. But, that was not the first flag raised on Iwo Jima that day, it was the second. the first 1 was too small and the commander on the ground wanted a bigger flag to fly. so thats how this picture came about.

this picture was an inspiration to the whole country (which it should have been) and was used as a tool for receiving money (war bonds) to keep the war going. it also gave every american who seen the picture in the paper the false idea that we were actually winning and not losing, no matter how many people died. IMO the only reason the war ended was because of the A-bombs dropped on nagasaki and hiroshima. anyways back on the subject, every single vetern is a hero, its hard to be the one left behind, sorta speak. I havent lost as many friends as they did, but i know the feeling. and as the guy who wrote this story said:

Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom.
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