Marines, sailors reflect during Iwo Jima visit

As the rain trickled down on a cloudy day, Marines…

As the rain trickled down on a cloudy day, Marines trudged along a muddy path on an island where decades before so many had made the ultimate sacrifice.

Approximately 120 Marines and sailors visited the island of Iwo Jima, which was renamed Iwo To in 2007, during a professional military education tour May 17.

The event provided an opportunity for the Marines and sailors of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, to see, experience and evaluate the incredible challenges Japanese and American troops endured during the Battle of Iwo Jima as part of the Pacific campaign of World War II.

“There is a lot of history on this island that not everyone is aware of,” said Staff Sgt. Jason L. Day, a wire chief with MWCS-18. “If they look at this ground from the perspective of someone during that battle, it will be easier for the Marines to understand and truly respect our Corps’ history.”


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