68th anniversary of Battle of Iwo Jima
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 4:51
- Date Feb 22, 2013
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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-- thank you so much it was some of the most intense fighting during World War II the battle for Iwo jima.
Jamie now is someone who has a very personal connection to this historic battle Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson junior good morning -- Good morning Gretchen last December shortly after the death of my father was wounded as a marine -- -- jima the Iwo jima survivors association and colonel Oliver North asked me and my family.
To attend their annual reunion weekend.
Little did I know Gretchen that they attribute to our greatest generation would turn out to be -- most emotional and significant weekends.
Of our lives.
68 years ago this week five Marines and one navy corpsman planted our flag atop.
He would seem as Meltzer of watching in the bloodiest and most costly battles in Marine Corps history.
70000 Americans including my father.
Want to wrest control of the eight square mile island that was the key to invading Japan.
In Washington DC two dozen survivors and their families reunited and -- called their fallen brother's sacrifice.
-- -- came with my own family to understand the -- bonds of courage and duty that down my late father.
And it's aging band of Brothers the -- you should.
In the other hand made very clear to me via Abu analog and Allen who -- actually -- no reason I couldn't fight long drive my brother.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He said well policy is -- -- -- and let him back.
And I should colonel limitation opens.
My wife and -- I have a machine for your math.
But from -- the EMI have those fellows felt left on they -- game on my family.
We go out draw fire from -- days.
Usually underground plume would try to take that position.
Ahead to next directives type thing all over yet.
That what I'll put 48 days I was wounded three jobs.
But not -- -- been evacuated.
And the leather -- who understands the necessity of duty in the sting of loss.
In equal measure.
-- -- -- -- wars durable clothing and we lost a lot of people a lot of friends.
Is something that if you never forgive sin in my old.
And off the bloody waters of the volcanic island of a family reunion -- so much loss.
I happen to be.
On the beach.
-- we came out looking out over the ocean 1 morning.
Nice to solve this destroyer escort coming slowly up -- along the island.
And I said to me that's the kind of five Brothers.
And -- wonder where yes.
That's -- the PA system.
Announced Gregor commented it -- you have a -- But -- when I got to the gangway that my brother are standing there waiting to talk to me.
And the Marines daughter who wanted to know more.
I lost -- so young.
Well what he'd been like as a young man and war what is Princeton and who may have been the -- that.
Treated his wounds -- they chaplain that helped him to travel times.
I think this just a -- to know more about that he made me very proud and -- length about he would -- and the battle.
He must have been some great -- And at the Marine Corps museum survivors were greeted by a most unexpected.
And unlikely supporter.
The Japanese ambassador.
Wow that's what you -- -- war are bound not better he's at peace.
And everything -- -- -- challenge before us.
In the battle for Iwo jima nearly 7000.
Americans gave their lives.
-- uncommon valor.
Was a common virtue.
Today they returned to celebrate -- sacrifice.
Of their fallen Brothers.
In shaking the strong hands of the man who may have carried -- wounded father familiar feel cold -- number one I held their grip longer than it ordinarily would.
In doing so I understood better than ever that each of us are in our own way.
The guardian of the freedoms they shed blood for that all of us who understand and value humanity would -- Also honor bound to protect and keep this -- That now flies every minute of every day.
The Marine Corps war more.
It was an incredible weekend and producer -- diamond -- learned that -- successors to the greatest generation.
Are equally great.
Young Marines and sailors.
And -- -- and people that are doing credit to our country and keeping the flag flying.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the flag -- announcer but she's just an iconic moment in American history what an amazing tribute -- products -- just recently passed I'm sure it was a very there was -- -- delighted to do with all those people.
Very nicely -- thank you there a secret -- happy to.