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Jim Rockford
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re: 68 years ago the battle for Iwo Jima began
Thank you for your service, sir.

I've seen a statistic that more B29 crews were saved by emergency landings on Iwo Jima than there were American deaths taking it. If true, and I may be remembering it incorrectly, it was worth it from a purely numerical standpoint. However, I've also read that other islands in the area would have served the same purpose that weren't so well defended. 20/20 hindsight, I guess. What's not up for debate is the heroism of the men who were there, as you well know and were a part of.


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Porky
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re: 68 years ago the battle for Iwo Jima began
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EdwardTeach

I have a relative who fought on Iwo Jima. He lives in Louisiana too. I'll see if I can notify him re: your blog.


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Ace Midnight
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re: 68 years ago the battle for Iwo Jima began
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I see how one could be skeptical about a WWII vet being on TD, but I don't follow how it would be more unusual for an older person to use the name of a 18th century pirate as a handle than it would be for a younger person.


I declared it "somewhat jaunty" - I thought that was as qualified as I could make it. And it was just my observation. Other people are vouching for the guy, so I take him at his word. I know a veteran of Guadalcanal, Peleliu and Okinawa. He missed Iwo because he had malaria. His wife of 67 years just passed last October. I just don't see people of that generation going by something like "Bartholomew Roberts" on a forum or website - but I don't get out much. MY screen name, which I've used for 20+ years is one part acronym, one part pilot "call sign" and one part pirate nickname, so I should probably hold my tongue next time this topic comes up.

I never said "Edward Teach" is not legitimate. I was merely explaining why skepticism is not unreasonable.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 4:40 pm


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