“Innovation” is the theme of the February issue of the Marine Corps Gazette — Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh & Hue in the pages of the Gazette archives

We’ll talk about the theme of “Innovation” in the February 2018 edition of the Marine Corps Gazette with the Editor & Publisher Col Chris Woodbridge, USMC (ret).

With the anniversaries of epic Marine Corps battles such as Iwo Jima, Hue and Khe Sanh this month, we’ll also talk to Chris about the literary treasure trove that resides in the digital archives of the Gazette.

AS IT HAPPENED: seventy-three years after the landing on Iwo Jima we listen to reports and audio from February 19, 1945

Island X (Iwo Jima)
February 19, 1945

Seventy-three years ago today Marines and Sailors went ashore on the island of Iwo Jima, the audio record is incredible from reporters observing from battleships, to reporters embedded with Marine infantry units in the landing to USMC Combat Correspondents filing reports from the battlefield.

Most unique in the audio you’ll hear is audio from A Company, 4th Tank Battalion as they fight ashore, engaging the Japanese and as they seek a way off the beach in order to support the infantry assault on Air Field #1.

You’ll also hear network audio as the major networks broke into “regular programming” to update the American public on progress on an island they had never heard of:  Iwo Jima, which all knew was on the doorstep of mainland Japan.

73 Years after the landing on Iwo Jima we listen to reports and audio from February 19, 1945

Iwo Jima
February 19, 1945

Seventy-three years ago today Marines and Sailors went ashore on the island of Iwo Jima, the audio record is incredible from reporters observing from battleships, to reporters embedded with Marine infantry units in the landing to USMC Combat Correspondents filing reports from the battlefield.

Most unique in the audio you’ll hear is audio from A Company, 4th Tank Battalion as they fight ashore, engaging the Japanese and as they seek a way off the beach in order to support the infantry assault on Air Field #1.

You’ll also hear network audio as the major networks broke into “regular programming” to update the American public on progress on an island they had never heard of:  Iwo Jima, which all knew was on the doorstep of mainland Japan.

SOMETHING I’VE NEVER HEARD: Survivors of Iwo Jima talk about what they lived through

These are the images that we associate with the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Recently, I stumbled on to interviews with Japanese survivors of the battle, something I’d never heard before.

Listen to the conditions they lived and fought in, their combat instructions, the way they treated their wounded and how they ultimately turned to barbaric behavior as their food and water ran out and they knew their end was near.

Amazing audio.  You can watch the source videos here:  Video #1,  Video #2,  and Video #3.

A NURSE AT PEARL HARBOR: Agnes Sure

Agnes Sure

Agnes Sure enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a nurse in 1938.  Her career took her to Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and throughout the Pacific during World War II.

Listen to her fascinating story that took her from rural North Dakota to Pearl Harbor en-route to a twenty-two year career in the Navy and then time in Afghanistan with the World Health Organization.

Agnes passed away in 2015 at the age of 99.  I met her on three occasions, she was truly what makes this nation great.

CROSSROADS: Todd Sanders & Walt Heller — two combat vets, a microphone and a war story

“Inspired by Sebastian Junger’s  call for combat veterans to share their experiences with all Americans, Matt Morgan set out to create an environment where vets would feel comfortable doing just that. He knew that the combat experience wasn’t the kind of thing you presented in a TED Talk, and while books like Redeployed or A Rumor of War have become classics, very few vets truly ever feel their time in uniform was so unique that they should write a memoir.  Yet, every combat vet has a story, and in most cases, if asked, they’d share it with a fellow vet. That’s how Crossroads was born. It’s two vets talking war stories. There just happens to be a mic there. So you can listen in.”

Todd Sanders  {Major USMC (ret)} sits down with Walt Heller, a World War II Marine, who served with the historic Marine Raiders in the Pacific.  Walt fought on Guadalcanal, Guam and Okinawa.   GREAT STUFF!!!!!!CROSSROADS WITH Todd Sanders & Walt Heller — two combat vets, a microphone and some war stories.