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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/20/2020 02:18 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/20/2020 02:18 PM
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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Washington, DC...In the long record of American heroism in combat, few episodes capture the indomitable will and the stouthearted spirit of the American warrior better than the triumphs on the island of Iwo Jima in early 1945. Seventy-five years later, we pay tribute to the immeasurable sacrifice of those killed in action on Iwo Jima, and we honor the heroic efforts of all who took part in one of the most costly and significant battles in our country’s history.


Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal / the Associated Press



By February 1945, despite American forces possessing aerial and naval supremacy, the Japanese forces at Iwo Jima were well dug-in and prepared to fight to the last man for the strategically important airfields on this small piece of land. This was the first time in World War II that the Japanese were defending what they considered home soil. For 5 weeks, our Marines and Navy sailors endured a harrowing trial by fire, fighting to secure this remote volcanic island from more than 20,000 determined Japanese soldiers. Nearly 7,000 Americans died in the effort.

The fighting on Iwo Jima was some of the bloodiest and most costly in all of World War II, but it also gave rise to some of the greatest examples of patriotism and heroism in our Nation’s history, inspiring Admiral Chester Nimitz’s famous statement that “uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Few images evoke as much emotion from the American soul as Joe Rosenthal’s photo of six Marines raising our Flag atop Mount Suribachi in the opening days of the battle. In addition, 27 Medals of Honor—the highest honor given to members of the military—were awarded for actions of conspicuous gallantry during the battle. Of these, 22 medals went to Marines, making up more than 25 percent of the total Medals of Honor awarded to Marines throughout the entirety of the war.

Among the heroes at Iwo Jima were non-combatants, like Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn. In the days following the battle, Rabbi Gittelsohn delivered a powerful, stirring message at the Fifth Marine Division cemetery on Iwo Jima. There, he stated, “Here lie officers and privates, blacks and whites, rich and poor together. Here are Protestants, Catholics, and Jews together. Here no man prefers another because of his color.” For his service ministering to men in the thick of the combat zone, Rabbi Gittelsohn was awarded three service ribbons, and today his words resonate as a powerful testament to the founding principle of our Nation that liberty and democracy are the rights of all men and women of every race, religion, and creed.

On this anniversary, we honor those who answered the call of duty and ensured that the forces of freedom emerged victorious in that fateful battle. As a Nation, we remain forever indebted to the Greatest Generation.


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Posted on: 2020-02-20 14:23:29   By: Anonymous
 
Such an amusing quote repeated by the man who was elevated to the presidency precisely because of his divisive, racial comments. And a big thank you from the 100 or so servicemen who you claimed got " a little headache" from recent bombings as opposed to the traumatic brain injuries suffered and which they will have at some level for the rest of their lives.

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    Posted on: 2020-02-20 15:03:53   By: Anonymous
     
    Is not possible for a pig like you to silently say "Thanks!" to the service members who fought and died in that battle and to give thanks to all who have served?

    Give your Trump hatred a rest.

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      Re: /\/\ Give your Trump hate a rest
      Posted on: 2020-02-22 19:24:50   By: Anonymous
       
      /\/\ Oh I wouldn't pay him no mind. This person was probably born a half a century later (way before a twinkle in his dad's eyes) and this person probably never served either. This individual probably had uterization-acting like a big p***y! A dog running back home with the tail between its legs!

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    Posted on: 2020-02-20 15:06:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Such an evil creature we have "in charge" of us! A big thank you to all who have served our country and fought so hard for our freedom which is now being destroyed bit by bit by this evil. Thank you all service members fo all you have done for all of us!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-02-20 15:09:32   By: Anonymous
 
Here is a perfect example of our freedom being destroyed:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/20/politics/trump-russia-intelligence-2020/index.html

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    Posted on: 2020-02-20 15:46:11   By: Anonymous
     


    HERE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW OBAMA GAVE BILLIONS OF US DOLLARS TO TERRORISTS ENABLING TERRORISM!!

    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obama-iran-terrorism/


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      Posted on: 2020-02-20 16:59:46   By: Anonymous
       
      But Obama got Bin Laden right. Not a Democrat but a true non believer of Trump.

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        Re: /\/\ Obama got Bin Laden...
        Posted on: 2020-02-20 17:33:01   By: Anonymous
         
        Whoop dee do! I think Trump has really been "kicking butt" a lot more than Obama ever did.

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          Re: /\/\ Obama got an A plus .
          Posted on: 2020-02-22 20:12:59   By: Anonymous
           
          Trump scored zero and ended up with a fractured ankle from golfing as well as US casualties overseas. He’s such a pussyfoot that the Navy had to cover up the McCain insignia while Trump was in Japan. Pu$$y. It’s all about the money baby.

          Eat the poor! Save the world from overpopulation. 🦊🚬🤠

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            Re: /\/\ Obama got an A plus /\/\ Eat the poor etc....
            Posted on: 2020-02-29 21:26:57   By: Anonymous
             
            /\/\ FAKE NEWS!

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