"We killed 20,000 and captured 2,000 – I think that’s what happened. The Marine Corps, I don’t know, the estimates were 72,000 killed [KIA] and about 10,000 or 12,000 wounded. It was one of the bitterest battles the Marine Corps has ever been in. That was the tough part – seeing your buddies get killed. I had two buddies get killed right next to me and one behind me. We captured the first airfield. Now there were three airfields on Iwo Jima. The first airfield was completed. The second one was just about completed. The third one they had just started. So after we captured the first airfield, the greatest sight we saw defending that airfield, because the Japs were counterattacking all the time, a B51 landed. It had shrapnel in the wings over Japan and it was in bad shape, but it put down at Iwo Jima. When that B51 landed, the Air Corps pilot got down on the ground and kissed the ground and said,Thank God for the Marine Corps!"

View the full transcript of the interview with Owen Smith. The transcript is in Portable Document Format . Before viewing the document, you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click to Enlarge a Picture

 


Owen Smith


Owen Smith


Owen Smith


Owen Smith



Owen Smith


Owen Smith


 

 

 

What's New?

Share Your Favorite Book in October
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

In October, share a picture of yourself (or selfie) with your favorite book! Photos...

Parking Lot Seal Coating Continues Friday, Sept. 19
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Due to last Friday’s rain, the seal coating and re-striping of our parking lot...

E-Magazines FREE for IPPL Cardholders
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Did you know that we offer free e-magazines to our cardholders? E-magazines can be...

Art Gallery Display Cases
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Do you have a collection, or create three-dimensional art such as pottery? If you...

Parking Lot Seal Coating This Week
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The library’s parking lot will be seal coated and re-striped this Thursday and Friday,...

Staff Recommendations

Two Weeks (2006) R
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014

A beautifully given performance by Sally Field as the dying mother of four young adults who return home to be at her bedside to witness her death that stretches out...

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (2014)
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014

I savored Ruth Reichl’s first foray into fiction (sorry for the pun – couldn’t resist!). I vacillated between eagerly turning the pages and pausing for a break, simply because I...

Map My Walk
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Get fit while you walk! “MapMyWalk” logs time, distance, pace, elevation and calories burned. Bonus — it tracks and saves your route using GPS, in case you want to walk...

Find it Fast

E-library

Donate

FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickrPinterestGood Reads