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.


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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