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Uncommon valor was a common work.
Six deceptively simple words describing.
These six ports and -- 80000.
Who -- and one of the issues.
The most controversial battles in World War II.
Maybe I'm Oliver North welcome toward school.
This marine memorial here in the nation's capital.
Was inspired by the frozen image and battle captured in 1400.
There was sacked six boys played in the American flag.
On foreign -- It was 36 of the bloodiest days of combat -- Americans.
Two out of every frame boys who landed on this eight square mile was killed and wounded nearly all of the.
Guy that put that in perspective for nearly 7000.
Children that if the battle is -- -- gene that lasted nine loans.
It would have it will all those killed in ten years and why the war in Vietnam.
We'll be fifty years after this questions we'll.
Still -- 1939.
While America was still recovering from the Great Depression.
The world's -- came to New York.
Lou -- say goodbye.
And -- -- red hot.
Around the across the Atlantic.
Europe was engulfed in war.
For two years president Franklin Delano Roosevelt did his best to assure America's nervous mothers and fathers -- not leave the country into war.
That I have seen law.
And the that I hate wall.
Where the United States will people out of this war.
I believe that it will.
But in December 7 1941 at.
America was attacked and its own shores by a new enemy.
-- -- Under -- harsh military regime Japan had been at war since 1931.
We've known natural resources the country was intent.
I'm making itself a world power and it's stormed into Manchuria and China.
Stateside Adolf Hitler and in the and in the American feared while Japan was largely ignored.
But after the day of infamy.
America found itself and the two ocean war.
Across the Atlantic we join the allied troops fighting the Germans but against Japan and America would stand virtually.
In the Pacific.
And I hope we'll be -- today.
Have been among them all and leave -- -- can -- go -- your name in golf for a no -- you.
All wars are boyish and her former white boys so -- Herman Melville.
And that's the way it was with the six flag raisers there's four guys in the front two in the back.
James Bradley author of the best selling flags of our fathers got to know each of the boys intimately.
That included learning about his own father John dot -- If you look at the flag raising photo from the front Baghdad is not the guy put in the pool in the -- the next guy.
That nineteenth from Appleton Wisconsin doc was a navy corpsman assigned to treat wounded Marines -- That's if you look behind my your.
You'll see yet moment okay now that's the -- of -- -- man.
If you took that helmet off at the moment that -- me I was in that photo and reached inside and find -- -- stuffed in the webbing of his helmet.
That was a picture of -- his girlfriend.
He put it there because he felt he needed protection.
-- was scared.
When he was -- Harlem block the guy putting the -- in the ground.
Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with all the senior members of this football.
Thirteen guys taken -- they were off to another game called.
At eighteen years old Harlan was a hardscrabble oil worker from Wesley -- Texas there's another.
-- obscured in the back my hero my extra.
He was the start.
They call -- the old man because he was already.
Point four usable if you examine the portal closely.
You'll see that Mike's right hand is not a -- left hands I'm hopeful his right hand comes around.
And is around the wrist of a younger boy.
And that's typical of Mike the -- sergeant.
Helping the younger boy without -- hole.
In the -- about.
That boy was Franklin socially from Hilltop Kentucky fund is the word most often used to describe the nineteen year old little boy.
Who enjoyed playing practical jokes -- 1000 -- Let me say goodbye to his mother.
-- that don't worry when I come back -- The last guy I'm hopeful that the guys.
Unions did not reach the pole that's a distinguished Pima Indians from Arizona ironies.
It was claimed as a hero president Truman called heroes faith in the old -- I don't like about it -- did theater.
How -- feel like -- and 250 of my buddies.
Only 27 walked -- These boys formed -- representative snapshot of what America was like in the 1940s.
Marines criticize me for using the word boys and I said I'm sorry sir I I think your mother -- -- out there at -- -- -- Boys -- the back of he would.
-- -- -- In March 1944.
A river of young boys more than 21000.
Including the six flag raisers according to California's Camp Pendleton pirate doctor Franklin -- Renee and Mike became part of company -- known as easy company.
Easy company with a company -- about 250 guys in their job was to blow out fight.
I wish him as one -- the have to -- -- That I haven't been in combat.
And I arrived there.
And I was a day late.
And I went -- colonel Chandler Johnson.
And that he looked me over and -- -- daylight.
And he said.
I'm gonna make you my education -- your gonna rue the day report on time tomorrow.
I didn't know anything about being in it and I read the man and a variant an adjacent carries fly.
And somebody said why the flag and I I don't know what -- I'll have -- if you need that flag was right behind you via.
And with the hope that maybe we would -- -- that.
-- -- -- But where -- the battle before.
It was a top secret location known only as violent acts in general one of the great controversies over this whole -- was meant.
One of them is that we really didn't know how strong the Japanese were unknown how many -- We didn't.
That's a very good point and the customized in -- -- pool was that there were about 111000 Japanese.
On the -- actually about 22 settlers.
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