Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific

Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific

by Larry Smith

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Overview

“A vivid and compelling account by a true master of oral history.” —General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander, Europe


On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next thirty-five days, approximately 28,000 combatants died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest battles of World War II. Bestselling author Larry Smith lets twenty-two veterans tell the story of this epic clash in their own words; the result is a “superb and fascinating work by one of our nation’s leading oral historians” (Jay Winik, author of April 1865). Iwo Jima includes accounts from the last surviving flag raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo code talker, a retired general, two Medal of Honor recipients, and B-29 flyers. With numerous photographs and maps, Iwo Jima is a stunning history of an emblematic battle and a powerful, personal history of this greatest generation of marines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393334913
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 1,229,042
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Larry Smith is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Few and the Proud and Beyond Glory. The latter was adapted into a major Broadway play by Stephen Lang. Smith lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Maps xii

Introduction xv

Acknowledgments xxv

Part 1 The Invasion 3

1 Corporal Richard Nummer 5

2 Seaman James Bush 17

3 Corporal James "Salty" Hathaway 26

4 Captain Fred Haynes 42

5 Corporal Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams 58

Part 2 Iron Mike's Posse 75

6 Corporal Glenn Buzzard 77

7 Private First Class Pete Santoro 93

8 Private First Class Domenick Tutalo 103

Part 3 Russell, Tso, Abbatiello, and Waterhouse 111

9 Captain Gerald Russell 113

10 Private First Class Samuel Tso 130

11 Corporal A1 Abbatiello 144

12 Private First Class Charles Waterhouse 157

Part 4 The Flag Raisings 173

13 Warrant Officer Norman Hatch 179

14 Corporal Charles "Chuck" Lindberg 200

Part 5 The LST, Workhorse of the Invasion 211

15 Machinist's Mate Third Class Perle "Dusty" Ward 213

16 Pharmacist's Mate Third Class George Wahlen 221

17 Sergeant Cyril O'Brien 232

18 Sergeant Thomas Haywood McPhatter 248

Part 6 The Planes That Came 259

19 Lieutenant Robert Merklein 261

20 Staff Sergeant Valentine Chepeleff 272

21 Lieutenant Phil True 280

Part 7 Aftermath 293

22 The Japanese Commanders-Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi and Captain Tsunezo Wachi-and the Years Afterward 295

23 Patrick Mooney and the Graves 307

24 Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.) 319

Appendix Military Terminology 341

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Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical book based on facts as told by battle participants..... highly recommend this to WW2 Pacific Theatre buffs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well researched and written. It sheds light on the terrible cost to the Marines and their Corpsmen as well as the remarable defensive stratagy of the Japanese CO. A wonderful addition to any library.
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