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Never in doubt : remembering Iwo Jima
Kessler, Lynn.
Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 248 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
General Note:
Oral histories.
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D767.99.I9 N39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Survivors of one of the fiercest battles of the war in the Pacific tell their dramatic stories in this collection of oral histories.

Author Notes

Lynn Kessler, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, gained his first impressions of military life as a cadet at Howe Military School in Indiana. He earned bachelor's master's degrees from the University of Hartford and currently works for a business technologies firm in Windsor, Connecticut. His other works include Honor and Glory, a historical novel; Painting Realistic Military Figures (with Donald M. Winar); and articles for domestic and foreign magazines. Edmond B. Bart, a resident of Franconia, New Hampshire, is a Marine Corps Reserve aviator whose father fought with the 2d Marine Division in the Central Pacific. Both Kessler and Bart are associate life members of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association of Newington, Connecticut.

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Booklist Review

This gripping oral history offers military students a new perspective on an epic battle of the Pacific war. Not only infantrymen report their experiences; those who manned tanks and artillery, rescued the wounded, cleared the airfields, steered landing craft on and off the beaches, and eventually came in to replace the marines when some Japanese were still alive and fighting after the island was declared "secured" also testify. Individual informants vary from a Heisman Trophy winner and a career marine who eventually retired with three stars to many who returned to civilian life with relief and no desire to ever do anything like this again. The men point out, among other things, the physical demands made by the peculiar volcanic ash that covers most of the island, the various stenches, the absence of safety at their rear, and how most of the fighting after the first few days was a muddled mess of winkling the Japanese out of one underground complex after another. A very welcome addition to the Pacific war literature. --Roland Green

Table of Contents

Lawrence F. Snowden
Forewordp. 2xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Marine Unit Designations, Terms, and Slangp. xv
Introductionp. 3
1 Riflemen, Machine Gunners, and Mortarmenp. 9
2 Commanders and Officersp. 51
2 Commanders and Officersp. 51
3 The Last of the First Flag Raisersp. 67
4 Tankersp. 72
5 Engineers and Pioneersp. 81
6 Replacementsp. 89
7 Chaplainp. 108
8 Headquarters and Servicep. 115
9 Motor Transportp. 129
10 Artillerymenp. 134
11 Regimental Weaponsp. 156
12 Photographerp. 160
13 Communicationsp. 164
14 Amphibian Tractorsp. 178
15 Higgins Boatsp. 185
16 Amphibiansp. 190
17 Armored Amphibiansp. 194
18 Woundedp. 198
19 Medical Personnelp. 203
20 Army Antiaircraft Artilleryp. 222
21 Who Iwo?p. 236
22 The Greather Meaningp. 241
Sources and Suggested Readingp. 247