Yes, I am a navy veteran. I was a radarman but manned the phones at a debarkation station when we were loading marines in the boats. I was in a position to see our boats head for Iwo but also to see them returning with wounded marines.
You understand the skepticism regarding your claim? Not that there aren't Iwo Veterans still around, it is just that the youngest ones are 84 or 85 years old, and somewhat out of the range of people to be on a message board such as this. Using Blackbeard's real name as a screen name is somewhat of a jaunty choice for an octogenarian.
Therefore, I'm not saying you aren't a WWII veteran, or a veteran of Iwo - I'm just saying that skepticism is understandable.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 8:52 am