Friday, February 19, 2010

65 years ago today

Never forget.  Today is Iwo Jima Day.  I wonder if there are any vets who were at Iwo Jima still around locally.  Can't be more than a handful at most. 

The single largest number of ships employed in the landings on Iwo Jima were Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs).  I think it's a safe bet to assume many of them were built right here in Pittsburgh.

addendum:  and just refreshing myself on some of the history there... anyone know the link to burghosphere history?  No joke.

1 Comments:

Blogger joe said...

It's amazing how little coverage of Iwo Jima shows up in a search of the Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Press archives.

Here's a story in the PG from three weeks into the battle for the island.

Every time I do a search of the archives, I always end up reading some fascinating stories surrounding the original article, in this case a story on soldiers using the active volcano on Iwo to heat their food.

Friday, February 19, 2010 5:56:00 PM  

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