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Iwo Jima

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(Iwo Jima)

Said a Vet from Nineteen forty-five,
"Men were dying by the score."
An eyewitness to a famous Battle
Immortalized forever more.
Quartermaster on a LST
"Eyewitness to a sad, horrible day."
"A slaughter right there on the Beach"
Is what, this Veteran had to say.
Coast Guardsman Robert Resnick
Was more than just a witness there
Hefurnished the Stars and Stripes
In that picture all generations share.
A symbol for the Marine Corps
Cast in bronze for all to see
The Flag raised on that mountain top
Is part of our Nationís History.
One of the bloodiest Battles of the War
Fought for thirty-six days and nights
More than twenty two thousand Japanese
In one of the Marines fiercest fights.
The first part of Japan we invaded
And as Resnickís ship sat on the beach
Marine Gagnon asked him for a Flag
And a long pipe to raise itís reach.
They lost their sight of the Marine
As he headed to that Mountain top
Amidst the gunís bulletsflying
That never, everseemed to stop.
As they began to leave the Beach
A tremendous cheer went all around
And, "Every ship tooted itís horn."
As they raised the Flag that he had found.
For years another was credited
Until the year, Two thousand-one
When at a Fifth Marine Convention
The Marines learned he really was the one.
A big, oldMarine bellowed out,
"Do you really mean to tell me,
That you never realized that you
Won that Battle, single-handedly?"
The President of the Fifth Marines
Made him an honorary member
And as they did some tears were shed
As they all began to remember
About that day sixty years ago
Up there on Mount Surabachi
When the Stars and Stripes were raised high
Was still a vivid, cherished,memory.


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1 posted 02-21-2005 12:58 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

In November, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to Washington, DC... After a VERY long day in the cold and wet and one too many wrong turns out of a traffic circle, I was giving serious thought to my options of dumping my sister into the Potomac on my next trip over it... or putting her behind the wheel so she'd have something to do besides tell me I'd turned wrong again... when I suddenly saw the Iwo Jima memorial. I'd seen pictures of it many times as well as the picture that inspired it... but still...
I won't say the tiredness vanished... but... we left it much later... and reluctantly. *S*
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2 posted 08-18-2007 10:43 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Fine writng...James
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