The sacrifices all our Men & Women made were horrific, called to free the UK, France, European Jews, Czechs, Poland & stop the Japanese tyranny of SE Asia, esp in China. They answered.
The debt can never be repaid.
And every sailor & soldier before & after has stepped up to do the same.
Never forget 💙
On this day in 1945, kamikazes plow into #American
warships near #IwoJima
. The difficult #Marine
landings at Iwo Jima are usually most remembered, but there were losses at sea, too. Late on February 21, dozens of kamikazes arrived, hitting American ships. USS Bismarck Sea took the worst of it. A Japanese pilot had come in, flying low and swerving around an American destroyer. Bismarck Sea couldn’t fire at the kamikaze without also firing at the destroyer. “We were hit by two kamikaze planes,” an officer later recounted, “and the first one hit us where the torpedoes were stored….[The second] hit us on the other side where the other battery of torpedoes” were. The ship was going down. The water was choppy and cold. Worse, some of the Japanese planes came back and began strafing the survivors in the ocean. One crew member found himself without a life jacket. He ended up treading water all night. Another man did the same, but he spent the night singing Psalm 23, over and over. Others would speak of watching their fellow sailors dying or seeing sharks. One chaplain emerged a hero. He was in a lifeboat, only semi-conscious. Yet he “repeatedly roused himself in an effort to allay the fears of all,” as his #Navy
and Marine Corps Medal citation would say. He drew “deeply from his spiritual strength in the midst of chaos and disaster, [and] spoke with calm courage to the panic-stricken, bewildered men.” Chaplain Shannon was holding on, just until his men were safe. When it was his turn to be rescued, he collapsed and passed away. Ultimately, about 600 men would survive. More than 300 had been lost. Nevertheless, survivors looked to the island and saw a heartwarming sight less than two days later: United States #Marines
were raising a flag on Mount Suribachi. TaraRoss.com #TDIH #history #WWII #USMC #Navy #VETS #throwback #sharethehistory