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Old 02-21-2016, 11:14 AM
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Yesterday I was up at Central Connecticut State University. Leaving the campus I saw a sign "Iwo Jima Memorial" and decided to investigate. Being a former Marine and having had the great privilege of going to Iwo Jima (40+ years post battle), I decided to investigate even if hobbling on an injured foot. What I found at the end of a short road was a beautiful monument of the flag raising on Iwo Jima, engraved with the names of Connecticut Marines and Sailors killed on Iwo Jima along with details and statistics of one of the most ferocious battles ever fought in the history of the United States military.

In the month long battle for Iwo Jima over 6,000 Americancs lost their lives.

There were nearly 800 Navy Corpsmen killed while attending to the wounded on Iwo Jima. To put that in perspective, more Corpsmen were killed in the month long battle for Iwo Jima then in the entire Vietnam War.

I was with my wife and daughter, who were both impressed and I am not even a little embarassed to report the place made me wipe a tear or two away.

My son is in his 2nd year at Central, yesterday was the first time I noticed the sign. While not on the scale of the Iwo Jima Memorial in DC, this monument in Connecticut is beautiful. Figured there might be a few locals, who like me were not aware of the existence of this memorial. If your local, the Iwo Jima Memorial at Connecticut Central State University is well worth a visit.

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Old 02-21-2016, 11:26 AM
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This memorial is seen from the Route 9/72 interchange. I believe also has aflame that is always lit.
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:18 PM
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This memorial is seen from the Route 9/72 interchange. I believe also has aflame that is always lit.


Drove by it many times. They were all incredible men. I try to take the time to stop at War Memorial monuments in many small New England towns. There are so many, often listing the names of young men lost in all wars starting with the Revolutionary War.
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There were nearly 800 Navy Corpsmen killed while attending to the wounded on Iwo Jima. To put that in perspective, more Corpsmen were killed in the month long battle for Iwo Jima then in the entire Vietnam War.
I think it was in the book, "Flags of our Fathers" that I read that Corpsmen were specifically targeted.
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Part of the greatest generation in our nation history.

6000 dead in 30 days

Yet they never gave up and conquered.

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My dad was a plank owner on the USS Tolovana (AO64). It was supposed to be an oiler, but instead they carried gasoline in the Pacific. He was offshore of Iwo Jima for the battle and heard the pings of Japanese guns hitting the hull.

My dad used to tell his Iwo Jima story in a funny way, but I am sure he was scared.

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