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February 19, 2014 2 comments

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Who Raised The Flag At Iwo Jima?

THE FLAG-RAISING AT IWO JIMA!!!

Morning, 1020, on 23 February 1945, Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, our national colors raised for the first time ever over the Japanese Empire!

The combat patrol of 40-men of Easy Company 2/28, 5th Marine Division, led by 1/Lt Harold G. Schrier USMC. See Gunny G’s sites & forums for the story of Sgt Ray Jacobs, USMC (Ret.), who for 57 years went unrecognized as the radioman in Sgt Lou Lowery‘s series of photos of the actual flagraising on Iwo Jima (not the “replacement” flag photo shot by Joe Rosenthal later that same day to become almost instantly famous).


WHO RAISED THAT FLAG ON IWO JIMA?
(The following is from the book, Iwo Jima…, by Marling/Wetenhall)
The answer may surprise even long-time Marines who think they know their Marine Corps history…)

“…on February 24 when Schrier was notified, “Request you designate one member group of flag raisers report aboard Eldorado (AGC 11) early morning 25 February.Purpose news broadcast.

Schrier sent his second in command of the original patrol–PltSgt Ernest Ivy “Boots” Thomas.

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The American Flag Daily: Iwo Jima…see gunny g addendum re iwo jima, ray jacobs…

February 19, 2014 1 comment

The American Flag Daily: Iwo Jima

The American Flag Daily ^ | February 19, 2014 | FlagBearer

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:41:44 AM by Master Zinja

On this day in 1945, the five-week-long battle of Iwo Jima began with the invasion of the island by the United States Marine Corps. This would be one of the bloodier battles in the Pacific theater, with more than 6,800 Americans dying and over 19,000 wounded. In their honor, we raise the Corps flag on the anniversary of the first day of battle.

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Dangerous Old Men… “Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino.”

February 18, 2014 1 comment

Dangerous Old Men

American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ebben Raves

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:22:54 PM by Neil E. Wright

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Clint Eastwood (“Letters from Iwo Jima” Screening, Berlinale 2007) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski. He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino. A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him.

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He is an anachronism, a dinosaur — part of the old America where you worked hard, took pride in your work and where you lived, and fought for your country and what it stood for when called upon

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Gunny G: NEWEST STORIES @ B4IN ! !!!!!!!!!!!

February 3, 2014 Leave a comment

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by Guerilla Girl Ashley The Pete Santilli Show & The Guerilla Media Network Update: In todays episode of The Pete Santilli Show, we put all of the rumors, and dis-info about this very important story to rest. You will hear all of the facts of this story right from police

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Gunny G: 11 Attempts To Disband The Marines Or Merge With The Army… | BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN !

December 24, 2013 3 comments

THROUGH THE YEARS…

“Beginning with the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Marines had survived eleven serious proposals to disband the Corps or merge it with the Army.5″

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“…Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, who was inspecting Green Beach on Iwo Jima that morning in 1945, saw the Stars and Stripes go up atop Mount Suribachi and heard the beleaguered troops below come alive with whistles and cheers and shouts of joy.

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Stunt at WW II Memorial Shows More Evidence Obama is a Thug

October 3, 2013 2 comments

By Doug Patton Thursday, October 3, 2013

 

Imagine you are a veteran of World War II approaching your 90th birthday. This may be your last opportunity to visit the memorial that was erected to honor your service.

 

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You have come to your nation’s Capital, only to find that your president has ordered that memorial barricaded to keep you out.

 

As a teenager, you jumped off a landing craft into the surf at Omaha Beach and watched as your buddies were cut to pieces in the sand. Or maybe you endured the horrors of Iwo Jima or Guadalcanal battling the Japanese in the Pacific.

 

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Marine who served in Iraq ticketed for flying American flag

April 2, 2013 10 comments

Marine who served in Iraq ticketed for flying American flag

KRMG via WPXI ^ | Posted: 4:35 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 | Rick Couri

Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2013 3:05:39 PM by rightwingintelligentsia

Gregory Schaffer said after his tour of duty in the Marines he wanted to go home and fly a flag in his yard.

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But a complaint from an anonymous neighbor got Schaffer in some hot water.

Schaffer got a citation from the city of Hypoluxo, Florida that said he needed a building permit to put up the flagpole.

The Marine told a TV station “it’s sad. It’s sad that we have to go through that just to fly a flag.”

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Iwo Jima, The Story of Two Flag Raising’s (VIDEO)

February 23, 2013 13 comments

Iwo Jima, The Story of Two Flag Raising’s (VIDEO)

 

Guns.com ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Chris Callahan

 

Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 2:21:46 PM by EXCH54FE

 

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In a September 17, 1947 letter, U.S. Marine Corp. Sgt. Lou Lowery wrote, “You fellows did all the dirty work and the ones who were on Rosenthal’s picture got all the credit.” The letter’s recipient, Pfc. Raymond Jacobs, was among the Marines who raised the first flag atop Iwo Jimo, which Lou Lowery photographed. However, it was a second flag raising that occurred moments later, caught on film by Joe Rosenthal, that would capture the world’s imagination. His Pulitzer Prize winning photograph would become one of the most iconic symbols of the American determination in World War II and immortalize its subjects in memories of Americans for generations to come.

 

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Gunny G’s….The Flag Raisings – Lest We Forget!

February 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Of the two photos above, the one of the NYC firemen raising the flag at the site of the WTC after the 9/11 attack is now well known.

 

The other photo, however, is not so well known. That photo is one of the photos by Leatherneck magazine photographer, S/Sgt Lou Lowery, taken on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945, of the actual flag raising there at about 1020 on that morning.

 

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Lowery had accompanied 1/Lt. Harold G. Schrier and his 40-man combat patrol (Easy Company, 2ndBn, 28th Marines), up the hill to raise our national colors; this was the first time in 2,000 years that a foreign flag had been raised on the Japanese homeland.

 

Later that same day, a larger, “replacement” flag was substituted for the original, and was photographed at that time by Joe Rosenthal; and it was that photo that soon became famous as The Iwo Jima Flag Raising.

 

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For Sale: Original Iwo Jima Monument…

February 8, 2013 3 comments

For Sale: Original Iwo Jima MonumentAP/Newser ^ | 02/08/2013Posted on Friday, February 08, 2013 3:17:04 PM by Responsibility2ndAP –

A long-forgotten piece of America’s military history is going up for sale. The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the US flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million later this month at a New York auction dedicated to World War II artifacts. That such a statue even exists is news to all but the most ardent history buffs.

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Most Americans are familiar with Felix de Weldon‘s 1954 bronze version, the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Less well-known is the 12-and-1/2-foot-tall statue created soon after the event.De Weldon, a young sculptor serving as an artist in the Navy, became instantly transfixed by an Associated Press image of the Feb. 19, 1945, flag planting, which would earn photographer Joe Rosenthal a Pulitzer Prize and resonate around the world.

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He modeled a wax sculpture of the photo to present to the chiefs of staff, and Congress soon called for construction of a large statue. Completed in just three months, de Weldon’s cast stone monument was erected in Washington, DC, in front of what is now the Federal Reserve Building on Constitution Avenue, and remained there until 1947.

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Gunny G’s….The Flag Raisings – Lest We Forget!

November 13, 2012 16 comments

Of the two photos above, the one of the NYC firemen raising the flag at the site of the WTC after the 9/11 attack is now well known.

 

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The other photo, however, is not so well known. That photo is one of the photos by Leatherneck magazine photographer, S/Sgt Lou Lowery, taken on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945, of the actual flag raising there at about 1020 on that morning.

 

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An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood (ReBlog…2004)

August 31, 2012 Leave a comment

 

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1st Lt. Schrier with Ernest Ivy Thomas, Jr. (both seated) on Mount Suribachi at the first flag raising (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood

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Gunny G’s Old Salt Marines… ^ | July 14, 2004 | Dick Gaines

Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 2:09:56 PM by gunnyg

An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood

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I see that you are to be involved in yet another film/TV account regarding the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. Read more…

Gunny G: An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood (re Ray Jacobs, Iwo Jima, First Flag, Etc……

August 5, 2012 4 comments

 

An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood

I see by recent news articles that you

 

An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood

 

1st Lt. Schrier with Ernest Ivy Thomas, Jr. (b...

1st Lt. Schrier with Ernest Ivy Thomas, Jr. (both seated) on Mount Suribachi at the first flag raising (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see by recent news articles that youare to be involved in a new film regarding the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. I have wondered if this is going to be yet another of the usual party line accounts, or if this one will finally be an in-depth full story and truth of that event in our history.

 

Since it is you involved this time, I expect the latter could be the case, and I think it’s worth a shot to attempt to bring the following information to your attention in hopes that the story of Marine Ray Jacobs, and others, might finally be brought to the attention of the American public in a way that is worthy of both the event and the men themselves.

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(“A U.S. Marine Corps ad shows a female putative Marine posing in karate mode in front of a crowd of putative men who are her subordinates. The caption says: “There are no female Marines. Only Marines.”) ATTACK OF THE BULL DYKES by Alan Stang

July 7, 2012 5 comments

…..Instead, there has been next to nothing. It was mentioned, then forgotten. The nation’s Communist media, left and right, no doubt in the grip of wall-to-wall homosexual propaganda, apparently believe the incident was a perfectly normal expression. Again, I believe it is a symptom of the fact that the nation is tottering on its last legs. The conspiracy for world government has succeeded enormously in destroying our foundations.

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Gunny G: AN OPEN LETTER TO CLINT EASTWOOD… Re Ray Jacobs, July 14, 2004

February 8, 2012 1 comment

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

AN OPEN LETTER TO CLINT EASTWOOD….by Dick Gaines

An Open Letter To Clint EastwoodI see by recent news articles that you are to be involved in a new film regarding the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.

I have wondered if this is going to be yet another of the usual party line accounts, or if this one will finally be an in-depth full story and truth of that event in our history.

Since it is you involved this time, I expect the latter could be the case, and I think it’s worth a shot to attempt to bring the following information to your attention in hopes that the story of Marine Ray Jacobs, and others, might finally be brought to the attention of the American public in a way that is worthy of both the event and the men themselves……

EXCERPT ~ CONTINUES @ LINK…

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Gunny G’s….The Flag Raisings – Lest We Forget!

January 12, 2012 4 comments

Of the two photos above, the one of the NYC firemen raising the flag at the site of the WTC after the 9/11 attack is now well known.The other photo, however, is not so well known. That photo is one of the photos by Leatherneck magazine photographer, S/Sgt Lou Lowery, taken on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945, of the actual flag raising there at about 1020 on that morning

.Lowery had accompanied 1/Lt. Harold G. Schrier and his 40-man combat patrol Easy Company, 2ndBn, 28th Marines, up the hill to raise our national colors; this was the first time in 2,000 years that a foreign flag had been raised on the Japanese homeland.Later that same day, a larger, “replacement” flag was substituted for the original, and was photographed at that time by Joe Rosenthal; and it was that photo that soon became famous as The Iwo Jima Flag Raising.

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Gunny G: Postal Photos Iwo Jima 1945 PO…..

September 26, 2011 1 comment

Postal Photos #2 


Iwo Jima 1945Marine Post Office-V Amphibious CorpsShown in photo left to right, 1st Lt. Joseph O’Mahoney, and T/Sgt Barton AdamsThese photos courtesy of M. J. O’MahoneyE-Mail: MJOMAHONEY@aol.com

     


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Marine Post Office-V Amphibious CorpsIwo Jima 1945In the Pictureleft to right  1st Lt. Joseph V. O’Mahoney, Tech Sgt. BartonAdams, Cpl.Frank Mitchell, Cpl. Robert Powers, Cpl. William Fitzsimmons,Sgt. Albert FritelleSent courtesy of M. J. O’MahoneyE-Mail:MJOMAHONEY@aol.com      


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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Who Coined The Phrase “Bug Out”?

September 18, 2011 1 comment

Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Who Coined The Phrase “Bug Out”?

Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Who Coined The Phrase “Bug Out”?:

From the book, A Fellowship Of Valor, by Col Joseph H. Alexander, USMC Ret, 1997, Harper Collins, we learn the following regarding the flag raising in Seoul, Korea on 27 Spetember, 1950…

“An envious Army officer from Almond’s staff chided Chesty Puller:

‘Ever since that flag-raising picture on Iwo Jima got published, I’m convinced you Marines would rather carry a flag into battle than a weapon.’ Puller regarded the man icily, ‘Not a bad idea,’ he growled, ‘a man with a flag in his pack and the desire to run it up on an enemy position isn’t likely to bug out!'”

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First Flag On Suribachi – The THREE Flag Raisers!: Boyoboy, you hit the nail on the head on that one… (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Bob–you are absolutely Right! I did miss the mark thinking the public gives a damn about any of this–except for a few individuals, and they know who they are, and they are the ones who make it all worthwhile. The fact is John Q. Public is so steeped, at this point, in their socialism, brainwashing, etc.–that the founding father's would better watch their arses if they were around today. But, these sites are browsed mostly by Marines, and it wa … Read More

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First Flag On Suribachi – The THREE Flag Raisers!: Boyoboy, you hit the nail on the head on that one…

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Bob–you are absolutely Right!

I did miss the mark thinking the public gives a damn about any of this–except for a few individuals, and they know who they are, and they are the ones who make it all worthwhile.

The fact is John Q. Public is so steeped, at this point, in their socialism, brainwashing, etc.–that the founding father’s would better watch their arses if they were around today.

But, these sites are browsed mostly by Marines, and it was primarily to these younger Marines I was addressing my post. And these younger Marines, as always, are reflective of not only the Corps, but the particular society they sprang from–likely much unlike yours and to a lesser extent even mine. Likewise, when I referred to my “heroes” I was meaning all of our WW II heroes! Although I was at that point referring directly to those of the 40-man (so-called) patrol!

I have always expected too much, not necessarily in what I expected from others in what I thought they should do and don’t do, but frustrated, as you mention, over the things that others do and shouldn’t do.

I am referring to the coverup (there’s no other word for it, let’s not half-step here). The exigencies of the combat situation would have, in short time, corrected themselves left to those on the scene, e.g. that there were two flags, the correct identification of just who was where, when, etc. The fly in the ointment was when people knew they better watch out for what they say so’s not to step on somebody’s toes

topside.

Please excuse my rant, I have been stepping on toes for years, not that it ever got me anywhere, but al least I know why I am the way I am. There’s just something in me that will never bend in principle for what I see as so wrong that all of us must see it.

Again, I have mentioned the story many times of General Puller at S/Sgt McKeon’s court-martial in 1956 at PISC. In response to questions, he pointed out that espirit de corps means LOYALTY, and, he said that loyalty works both up and DOWN!

Thanks for responding, I do appreciate that.

Best

Dick

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Morning, 1020, on 23 February 1945, Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, our national colors raised for the first time ever over the Japanese Empire! The combat patrol of 40-men of Easy Company 2/28, 5th Marine Division, led by 1/Lt Harold G. Schrier USMC. See Gunny G's sites & forums for the story of Sgt Ray Jacobs, USMC (Ret.), who for 57 years went unrecognized as the radioman in Sgt Lou Lowery's series of photos of the actual flagraising on Iwo Jim … Read More

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(“Three of us actually raised the flag–Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, our company executive officer, Sergeant H.O. Hansen of Boston, and myself. “)Gunny G’s….The Flag Raisings – Lest We Forget! (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Three of us actually raised the flag–Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, our company executive officer, Sergeant H.O. Hansen of Boston, and myself. But the rest of the men had just as big a part in it as we did."Thomas continued to point out that although he felt "mighty proud," he did not consider himself a hero, or that he had done anything that the others hadn't also done. "PltSgt Thomas, speaking to the media and Navy/Marine Corps top brass just a … Read More

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Gunny G Online…

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Morning, 1020, on 23 February 1945, Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, our national colors raised for the first time ever over the Japanese Empire!

The combat patrol of 40-men of Easy Company 2/28, 5th Marine Division, led by 1/Lt Harold G. Schrier USMC. See Gunny G’s sites & forums for the story of Sgt Ray Jacobs, USMC (Ret.), who for 57 years went unrecognized as the radioman in Sgt Lou Lowery‘s series of photos of the actual flagraising on Iwo Jima (not the “replacement” flag photo shot by Joe Rosenthal later that same day to become almost instantly famous).

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FIRST FLAG ON SURIBACHI – THE IWO JIMA FLAG RAISING

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

It was last May when I first learned of Sgt Raymond Jacobs and the part he played as a member of the 40-man combat patrol led by Lt. Schrier up Mount Suribachi on the morning of 23 February 1945. That was the patrol that raised our Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima!

I had just posted a picture of that First Flag Raising on one of my websites, and it was not long until I received a response from Ray stating that he was in that picture. Knowing that Cpl Charles “Chuck” Lindberg was recognized as the only living survivor of the flag-raising, I immediately e-mailed him back requesting more information. I soon heard back again from Ray, and I began a bit of research into several books I have on Iwo Jima, the flag raisng, etc. I also forwarded this information on to Ray “Doc” Fornof, in Hawaii, as I knew he was at that time involved in conversations with Chuck Lindberg regarding this most interesting topic. Fornof advised that he was much interested and that he would follow up on this with both Jacobs and Lindberg. And he kept me posted on their exchanges of information. Since that time, in addition to information provided by both Jacobs and Lindberg, I have become aware, through many readings, of numerous interesting and even shocking facts regarding this subject.

Ray Jacobs had advised me that on the morning of 23 February he, a radioman, had been watching a reconnaissance patrol led by Sgt Sherman Watson as it made its way back down Suribachi. At about that time, Jacobs received a call from battalion ordering him to rendezvous with Lt. Schrier who was to lead the 40-man combat patrol up Suribachi and raise our colors. Jacobs was to accompany the patrol as its radioman. Pfc (at that time) Jacobs was a member of Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, and the other patrol members were from Easy Company, therefore the other members of the patrol didn’t know Jacobs and Jacobs had never met the others before. Chuck Lindberg has indicated that there had been a radioman with them on the patrol, but that he didn’t know his name.

After the flag had been raised

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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Re Japanese Marines Song?

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

From: Gordon Rottman

Date: 9/6/07

Subject: Japanese marine song?

>A US Marine veteran recently presented us with a

World War II era

>Japanese flag that he had acquired on Iwo Jima.

The flag is printed

>on one side with Japanese. I brought it to a

nearby university for

>translation, and the translator, a young

Japanese woman, inicated

>that the text is a “Song for the Guangdong

Marine” by a Mimoru

>Kawamoto. Although she was unable to translate a

few older, obsolete

>characters, she did provide a general

translation. The song is six

>verses and relates the story of the destruction

of an unnamed city

>followed by a battle along the Pearl (Tama)

River and the

>construction of a Japanese fort.

>

>Can anyone provide any information on this song?

What many like to call the Imperial Japanese

Marines” are really

Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF) (Tokubetsu

Rikusentai). There

were none on Iwo Jima. There were some IJN Base

Force units

(Tokubetsu Konkyochitai) and they may have been

the source of the

flag. Perhaps “Marine” should actually be

translated to “Navy.”

Gordon Rottman

Gordon Rottman

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Ray Jacobs: ".That's when I discovered Dick Gaines's Gunny G  web site.Dick uses Lowery's classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture." Ray Jacobs: ".That's when I discovered Dick Gaines's Gunny G  web site.Dick uses Lowery's classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture." ***** Excerpts "D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._" "Suddenly something extraordinary happened.W … Read More

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Gunny G: WHAT HAPPENED ON SURIBACHI THAT DAY.. « ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~

March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

WHO RAISED THAT FLAG ON IWO JIMA?

(The following is from the book, Iwo Jima…, by Marling/Wetenhall) The answer may surprise even long-time Marines who think they know their Marine Corps history…)

“…on February 24 when Schrier was notified, “Request you designate one member group of flag raisers report aboard Eldorado (AGC 11) early morning 25 February.Purpose news broadcast.

Schrier sent his second in command of the original patrol–PltSgt Ernest Ivy “Boots” Thomas.

At 0430 the next morning, Thomas found himself aboard the ship in the presence of Admiral Turner and General Howlin’ Mad” Smith. He was then interviewed by Don Pryor of CBS, who, microphone in hand, introduced him as “a modest but tough 20-year old fighting man from Tallahassee,” leader of the Marine platoon that captured Suribachi, “the first American in history who has ever raised Old Glory over a part of the Japanese Empire.”

A stunned pause. “No, Mr. Pryor,” Thomas interjected, “I don’t want to give that impression. The honor belongs to every man in my platoon. Three of us actually raised the flag–Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, our company executive officer, Sergeant H.O. Hansen of Boston, and myself. But the rest of the men had just as big a part in it as we did.”

Thomas continued to point out that although he felt “mighty proud,” he did not consider himself a hero, or that he had done anything that the others hadn’t also done.”

(PltSgt Thomas, speaking to the media and Navy/Marine Corps top brass just a couple days after the flag raising on Iwo Jima!)

THE VANDEGRIFT REVELATIONS

The following is from Tedd Thomey’

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FIRST FLAG ON SURIBACHI – THE IWO JIMA FLAG RAISING

February 25, 2011 1 comment

It was last May when I first learned of Sgt Raymond Jacobs and the part he played as a member of the 40-man combat patrol led by Lt. Schrier up Mount Suribachi on the morning of 23 February 1945.

That was the patrol that raised our Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima! I had just posted a picture of that First Flag Raising on one of my websites, and it was not long until I received a response from Ray stating that he was in that picture.

Knowing that Cpl Charles “Chuck” Lindberg was recognized as the only living survivor of the flag-raising, I immediately e-mailed him back requesting more information. I soon heard back again from Ray, and I began a bit of research into several books I have on Iwo Jima, the flag raisng, etc.

I also forwarded this information on to Ray “Doc” Fornof, in Hawaii, as I knew he was at that time involved in conversations with Chuck Lindberg regarding this most interesting topic. Fornof advised that he was much interested and that he would follow up on this with both Jacobs and Lindberg. And he kept me posted on their exchanges of information. Since that time, in addition to information provided by both Jacobs and Lindberg, I have become aware, through many readings, of numerous interesting and even shocking facts regarding this subject

Ray Jacobs had advised me that on the morning of 23 February he, a radioman, had been watching a reconnaissance patrol led by Sgt Sherman Watson as it made its way back down Suribachi. At about that time, Jacobs received a call from battalion ordering him to rendezvous with Lt. Schrier who was to lead the 40-man combat patrol up Suribachi and raise our colors

Jacobs was to accompany the patrol as its radioman. Pfc at that time Jacobs was a member of Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, and the other patrol members were from Easy Company, therefore the other members of the patrol didn’t know Jacobs and Jacobs had never met the others before. Chuck Lindberg has indicated that there had been a radioman with them on the patrol, but that he didn’t know his name………

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Japanese Iwo Jima eyewitness tells it in his own words

February 22, 2011 1 comment

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Japanese Iwo Jima eyewitness tells it in his own words

MSN Japan News Manichi ^ | 20 February 2007 | As IndicatedPosted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:05:59 AM by gunnyg

“On the morning of February 23, he saw the first U.S. flag go up on Suribachi’s peak, followed shortly thereafter by the second, larger flag, the raising of which was immortalized at 1/400th second in Rosenthal‘s famous photograph. Akikusa’s descriptions up to this point correspond completely to American accounts of the event.

But what followed afterward appears to contradict the official U.S. Naval version of the battle.The following morning, as Akikusa relates in his book, “It was not the Stars & Stripes, but the Nissho-ki Japanese Sun flag that was waving.

Even though the peak was the target of attack from every direction on the island, I thought how hard they must have fought, and tears naturally came to my eyes.

The valiant fighters were defending Mt. Suribachi to the death.”The U.S. troops quickly hauled down the Japanese standard and replaced it with their own flag. But early the next morning, February 25, “the Nissho-ki was once again fluttering in the morning sunshine. It was a dazzling, beautiful sight.”

“The flag was a different one from the day before,” Akikusa recalls. “It was a smaller one, and square. It may have been improvised. The red circle in the center looked brownish, so it could have been blood.””It may have been made out of a shirt. It moved me to tears. ‘Our guys are still up there,’ I thought.

‘They’re giving everything they’ve got. So will I.'””I had hoped to see the Nissho-ki still flying the next morning, but that miracle was not to be,” Akikusa writes. “I said to myself, ‘Well, I guess that’s the end of it.'”…………………………..

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.” « ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~

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Ray Jacobs:

“.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”

Excerpts“D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._”“Suddenly something extraordinary happened.We could clearly hear cheering from the Marines in combat on the plain of Iwo below us.They had spotted the flag and as the word spread more Marines joined in cheering our flag crowning Suribachi some 500 feet above.Soon the boats along the landing beaches and the ships at sea joined in blowing horns and whistles.It was a remarkable moment in Marine battle history but unfortunately soon to be forgotten.”

“I was PFC Raymond Jacobs,the radioman with F Company 2nd Battalion 28th Marines.About 40 minutes earlier I had been assigned to accompany an E Company combat patrol for the climb up Suribachi …………..

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Gunny G: That Flag On Suribachi – Japanese Witness Tells His Story…. « ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~

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Japanese Iwo Jima eyewitness tells it in his own words

MSN Japan News Manichi ^ | 20 February 2007 | As IndicatedPosted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:05:59 AM by gunnyg

“On the morning of February 23, he saw the first U.S. flag go up on Suribachi’s peak, followed shortly thereafter by the second, larger flag, the raising of which was immortalized at 1/400th second in Rosenthal’s famous photograph. Akikusa’s descriptions up to this point correspond completely to American accounts of the event. But what followed afterward appears to contradict the official U.S. Naval version of the battle.

The following morning, as Akikusa relates in his book, “It was not the Stars & Stripes, but the Nissho-ki Japanese Sun flag that was waving.

 

Even though the peak was the target of attack from every direction on the island, I thought how hard they must have fought, and tears naturally came to my eyes. The valiant fighters were defending Mt. Suribachi to the death.”

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(“Three of us actually raised the flag–Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, our company executive officer, Sergeant H.O. Hansen of Boston, and myself. “)Gunny G’s….The Flag Raisings – Lest We Forget!

February 19, 2011 1 comment
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Three of us actually raised the flag–Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, our company executive officer, Sergeant H.O. Hansen of Boston, and myself. But the rest of the men had just as big a part in it as we did.

“Thomas continued to point out that although he felt “mighty proud,” he did not consider himself a hero, or that he had done anything that the others hadn’t also done.

Raising of the second U.S. flag at Iwo Jima

Raising of the second U.S. flag at Iwo Jima (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“PltSgt Thomas, speaking to the media and Navy/Marine Corps top brass just a couple days after the flag raising on Iwo Jima!THE VANDEGRIFT REVELATIONSThe following is from Tedd Thomey’s Immortal Images, A Personal History of Two Photographers and the Flag Raising On Iwo Jima, Naval Institute Press, 1996 “The Vandegrift revelations surfaced in a book about Iwo Jima published in the spring of 1995. Albee and Freeman present evidence that, over a period of 2 1/2 years, from early 1945 to September 1947, General Vandegrift laid down a policy that suppressed issuance or recognitionof any of the Marine Corps’ Iwo Jima photography that might have diminished the uniqueness of the Rosenhtal classic.1″

“…The man most affected by this policy was Sgt Lou Lowery, the Leatherneck magazine photographer who……………………………….

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Gunny G: Old Posts: Ray Jacobs, Suribachi, Iwo Jima,Flag Raising,Clint Eastwood, etc.

January 17, 2011 1 comment

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

AN OPEN LETTER TO CLINT EASTWOOD….by Dick Gaines

An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood

I see by recent news articles that you are to be involved in a new film regarding the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. I have wondered if this is going to be yet another of the usual party line accounts, or if this one will finally be an in-depth full story and truth of that event in our history.

Since it is you involved this time, I expect the latter could be the case, and I think it’s worth a shot to attempt to bring the following information to your attention in hopes that the story of Marine Ray Jacobs, and others, might finally be brought to the attention of the American public in a way that is worthy of both the event and the men themselves.

Jacobs is one of the known remaining survivors, along with Chuck Lindberg, of Lt. Schrier’s 40-man combat patrol up Suribachi that day to raise our colors over the Japanese homeland. I am referring here to the earlier first (so-called) flag raising–not the later raising of a replacement flag that was photographed by Joe Rosenthal (and was also shot by Sgt Bill Genaust on motion-picture film as well)–and which quickly, and incorrectly, became famous as the Iwo Jima flag raising well-known to all. The actual flag raising was photographed earlier that same day by Marine S/Sgt Lou Lowery, and is not nearly so well-known. Even today, nearly sixty years after the battle for Iwo Jima, a number of facts are still in question, and the emphasis of the flag raising itself remains on the replacement flag and not the original flag raised.

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Today is the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps: May God bless the best of the best

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Today we celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy birthday Marines, Semper Fidelis and May God bless you all.

On November 10, 1775 the fledgling Continental Congress passed a resolution that two Battalions of Marines be raised and maintained for purposes for fighting our British oppressors as a seagoing army. Since the times of Col. Samuel Nicholas the first Commandant of the Corps, Marines have always fought above and beyond expectation on the high seas, on land and more recently in the air.

Because we Americans are a peace loving people, the Marine Corps and the United States Navy were actually allowed to go out of existences at the close of the Revolutionary War.

This state of unpreparedness existed until July 11, 1798 when the Corps was reestablished in preparation for a potential war with France. Soon the Marines were sailing off the foreign shores.The Corps’s first large scale assignment came at the dawn of the 19th century when President Thomas Jefferson sent them to smash the “Barbary pirates” who were kidnapping and terrorizing American merchant sailors.These “pirates” were actually Islamist thugs who had to be given a clear message about America’s willingness to fight back and the Marines were just the fighting force to send that message.

The Corps distinguished itself throughout the rest of the 19th century in the Mexican War, the Civil War on both sides and the Spanish American War.During World War I the ferocious fighting Marines earned the grudging respect of German troops who named them “Devil Dogs” a name still treasured by Marines today.During World War II from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima, and finally on to Okinawa the United States Marine Corps fought won battle after battle until Japanese…

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Brookline man’s Iwo Jima mementos bring closure to Japanese family

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For decades, the faded photograph of a baby Japanese girl and a child’s colorful drawing hung on a wall in the Brookline home of Franklin Hobbs III.As a 21-year-old U.S. soldier fighting on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, Hobbs found them in the pocket of a fallen Japanese soldier and took them as a souvenir.

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Gunny G: 11 Attempts To Disband The Marines Or Merge With The Army…

September 25, 2010 2 comments
THROUGH THE YEARS…
“Beginning with the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Marines had survived eleven serious proposals to disband the Corps or merge it with the Army.5″
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“…Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, who was inspecting Green Beach on Iwo Jima that morning in 1945, saw the Stars and Stripes go up atop Mount Suribachi and heard the beleaguered troops below come alive with whistles and cheers and shouts of joy. He turned to Marine General Holland M. Smith and said, ‘The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years!’1″

Gunny G: That Old Slouch Hat — Campaign Hat USMC

August 12, 2010 1 comment

I like the book, Soldiers Of The Sea, by Robert Debs Heinl, Jr., Colonel, USMC, for many reasons.

I personally consider it to be the most thorough and detailed account of the Marine Corps as it was. And, I also like it, if for no other reason, the opening pages contain the photograph by Lou Lowery of the actual flag raising at Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945–not, mind you, the photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the “replacement” flag raising which occurred later that same morning.

And, the scope of Heinl’s book is from 1775 thru 1962–just as well, after 1962…well, things began to change in many ways for the old Corps soon after that. In any case, this author presents a most thorough and detailed account of Corps history with information on topics of interest that I’ve seen in no other writings.I was surprised to read that Colonel Heinl referred to the service hat, or campaign hat as it is more popularly known, as the “old slouch hat.” Prior to my reading of that I had thought of that term soley as a reference to the Australian campaign-type hat; and this caused me to look into the matter a bit further.

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G  web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”
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“D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._”

“Suddenly something extraordinary happened.We could clearly hear cheering from the Marines in combat on the plain of Iwo below us.They had spotted the flag and as the word spread more Marines joined in cheering our flag crowning Suribachi some 500 feet above.Soon the boats along the landing beaches and the ships at sea joined in blowing horns and whistles.It was a remarkable moment in Marine battle history but unfortunately soon to be forgotten.”

“I was PFC Raymond Jacobs,the radioman with F Company 2nd Battalion 28th Marines.About 40 minutes earlier I had been assigned to accompany an E Company combat patrol for the climb up Suribachi to supply communications between the patrol and battalion.”

“The patrol was led by Lt.Harold Shrier,E Company XO. At the top I watched as Lt.Shrier,Sgts.Henry Hansen and Ernest Thomas,Cpl.Charles Lindberg and Pvt Phil Ward secured the flag to a piece of Japanese water pipe.”

“Joined by PhM2c John Bradley they walked the flag and pipe over to the high ground,jammed it into the ground and raised the flag. Leatherneck cameraman Sgt.Lou Lowery had been with the patrol since it was formed.He faithfully followed the patrol taking pictures of the people and our movements every step of the way.In particular,he shot about a dozen pictures of the group of eight people most associated with the flag raising.Lowery’s pictures clearly show the faces of those people.”

“Yet for decades the official Marine Corps record of that event has failed to identify or misidentified five of the people pictured in Lowery’s photos? Obviously,given the time and place,no one was interested in gathering names for the record…but there were other forces at work.”

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Gunny G: WHO RAISED THAT FLAG ON IWO JIMA?

February 14, 2010 1 comment

WHO RAISED THAT FLAG ON IWO JIMA?

(The following is from the book, Iwo Jima…, by Marling/Wetenhall) The answer may surprise even long-time Marines who think they know their Marine Corps history…)

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Lest We Forget: TWO PHOTOS: One Well Known…The Other, Not So Well Known…

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

WTC Flag
Lest We Forget!

 


Of the two photos above, the one of the NYC firemen raising the flag  at the site of the WTC after the 9/11 attack is now well known.

The other photo, however, is not so well known. That photo is one of the photos by Leatherneck magazine photographer, S/Sgt Lou Lowery, taken on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945, of the actual flag raising there at about 1020 on that morning.

 

Lowery had accompanied 1/Lt. Harold G. Schrier and his 40-man combat patrol (Easy Company, 2ndBn, 28th Marines), up the hill to raise our national colors; this was the first time in 2,000 years that a foreign flag had been raised on the Japanese homeland.

 

Later that same day, a larger, “replacement” flag was substituted for  the original, and was photographed at that time by Joe Rosenthal; and it was that photo that soon became famous as The Iwo Jima Flag Raising.

 

The WTC Flag picture, above, has recently appeared many times displayed  together with Rosenthal’s photo, but I have never seen it in combination with the genuine article by Lowery, therefore, I think that this combination of photos above is more appropriate, and each photo complements the other most fully…

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The U.S. Marines and Our Flag! Re USS Mayaguez, Etc.

December 12, 2008 1 comment

 

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U. S. MARINES AND THE FLAG
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Whenever Amereicans, and perhaps others, think of Marines, many of them most likely recall to mind the highly-publicized flag raising photograph by Joe Rosenthal on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. But, that was in fact the raising of a second flag on Mount Suribachi that day, a “replacement” flag, the actual flag raising having occurred earlier that day by the Marines of Lt. Schrier’s (Easy-2-28) 40-man combat patrol. Because of that photograph, However, more than anything else, I believe, we have come to associate Marines with our flag and flag raisings over foreign lands. Or, as Lt. Col. David W. Szelowski USMCR (ret.) puts it…

Gunny G: That Flag On Suribachi – Japanese Witness Tells His Story….

October 23, 2008 11 comments

Japanese Iwo Jima eyewitness tells it in his own words
MSN Japan News Manichi ^ | 20 February 2007 | As Indicated

 

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:05:59 AM by gunnyg

 

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“On the morning of February 23, he saw the first U.S. flag go up on Suribachi’s peak, followed shortly thereafter by the second, larger flag, the raising of which was immortalized at 1/400th second in Rosenthal‘s famous photograph. Akikusa’s descriptions up to this point correspond completely to American accounts of the event. But what followed afterward appears to contradict the official U.S. Naval version of the battle.

 

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The following morning, as Akikusa relates in his book, “It was not the Stars & Stripes, but the Nissho-ki (Japanese Sun flag) that was waving. Even though the peak was the target of attack from every direction on the island, I thought how hard they must have fought, and tears naturally came to my eyes. The valiant fighters were defending Mt. Suribachi to the death.”

 

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The Duke of Iwo Jima…by “Sully” (Updated/ReBlogged!)

October 30, 2007 1 comment
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The “Duke of Iwo Jima“???

(Re Col Sully…)

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Ghosts….

“Have you heard of the “Duke of Iwo Jima?.” This was supposedly a Japanese Officer who wore a “boat cloak” and trooped the Japanese lines every night. There were Marines (one of which I knew well, and was no BSer) who swore that they had seen this apparition.”
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Stories tell of haunted places on U.S. bases
Stars and Stripes ^ | October 31, 2007 | Stars and Stripes
Posted on 10/30/2007 12:05:09 AM EDT by CurlyBill

Stories tell of haunted places on U.S. bases

Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Wednesday, October 31, 2007

It’s not your imagination — maybe that sound in the night really was a moan.

Stories of spirits and unexplained phenomena have persisted on U.S. military bases in the Pacific for years.

Doors slam, shadows creep and voices shout in the night. Could it be spirits of the dead reaching out?

As costumed ghosts and ghouls hit the streets for Halloween, Stars and Stripes has compiled some accounts of allegedly real ghosts and ghouls to keep the holiday creepy.

Creepy crematorium tale

Many of the buildings on Yongsan Garrison in South Korea have been there longer than the U.S. military. Some date back to Japan’s occupation of Korea before and during World War II.

One of those buildings, near the gas station on the garrison’s South Post, has been surrounded by rumors for years.

“I hate being here at night. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up just talking about it,” said Sgt. 1st Class Riviere Cools, 52nd Medical Battalion as he eyed the squat, red-brick building in the center of his unit’s complex of offices. “I don’t believe in that kind of stuff, but in the back of my mind, there are souls here.”

The entire compound, surrounded by a thick, crumbling, brick wall, was a prison during the occupation.

For years, said U.S. Army Garrison spokesman David McNally, soldiers working there have passed along stories claiming that the area, especially the small building in the center, was haunted.

McNally said the building was most likely the prison’s administrative office, but those working around it have a more sinister theory.

“Everybody that’s worked in that building right there has either seen something or heard something,” said Staff Sgt. Sae Kim, 52nd Medical Battalion. “Because that’s where they burned people.”

McNally was quick to point out there was no evidence to suggest that the building was a crematorium, but that doesn’t stop the stories from spreading.

“I haven’t seen any ghosts,” said Sgt. 1st Class Freeman Witherspoon. “But I definitely have heard the rumors. People say they see shadows when they have duty at night.”

The unexplained voice

Stories of strange happenings abound at the base chapel at Camp Zama in Japan. Strange presences in rooms and doors that mysteriously open and close are part of chapel lore, employees say.

Some tell stories of strange figures passing by and then disappearing.

“My predecessor said that she used to hear footsteps through the halls late at night,” said Staff Sgt. Desmond West, the Unit Ministry Team noncommissioned officer in charge.

Last year, Spc. Jennifer Villagomez, a funds clerk, said she was working late when a voice emanated from her unplugged computer speakers.

It sounded like a Japanese man, “like a drill sergeant yelling at a private,” she said.

At first, Villagomez said she thought the sounds were a practical joke and called for a sergeant who was the only other person in the building at the time.

“And as I heard him come closer to my office, the voice on the speaker went lower and lower until it went away, just before he walked in the room,” Villagomez said.

She said that since that incident, she tries not to be the last person to in the office at night.

Sgt. Joshua Lee, who works at the chapel with Villagomez, said he didn’t hear the voice that night but has witnessed other strange occurrences.

Chapel lights switch on and doors open seemingly on their own, Lee said.

West, who has worked in the chapel for four years, said he has never seen or heard anything peculiar.

“But the day I start hearing things, I’m running out of here,” he said.

Ghosts crowd Okinawa

Reportedly haunted sites can be found around almost any corner on and off Okinawa bases.

So many ghost stories abound that Marine Corps Community Services and 18th Services Squadron on Kadena Air Base both run special Halloween spooky sites tours that sell out weeks in advance.

Web sites and a book on the subject — Jayne A. Hitchcock’s “The Ghosts of Okinawa” — celebrate the local haunts.

A World War II soldier is said to roam Gate 3 on Camp Hansen in blood-splattered fatigues asking sentries to light his cigarette.

Marines refused to stand guard due to the haunting, and the gate was eventually closed, according to Hitchcock.

Camp Foster is said to be the home of a ghostly samurai warrior who eternally travels from Stillwell Drive uphill toward Futenma Housing.

Kadena Air Base also has its ghost stories.

A small house behind the Kadena United Services Organization, numbered 2283, is now used for storage because, it is said, no one willingly lives in it for long.

Some say the house remains haunted after a man murdered his family there. Others say the house rests on an ancient burial site, and the souls of the dead beneath are restless.

Kadena’s golf course might be the site where in 1945 a group of high-school girls pressed into service in the Japanese Imperial Army committed suicide, according to another yarn.

The spirits of the dead girls are said to still haunt the land.

Off-base, half-finished buildings are abandoned due to reports of ghostly visitors.

Construction of the Royal Hotel off Route 329, near the Nakagusuku Castle ruins, was begun some three decades ago — possibly on a sacred site.

Mysterious accidents and deaths drove workers to abandon construction.

Meanwhile, at Maeda Point, there is rumored to be a prophet-of-death ghost.

The elderly Okinawan apparition is said to appear at a tomb that can be seen only from the water, and within days of a sighting, a body is found on a nearby beach.

Stars and Stripes reporters Travis Tritten, Jimmy Norris, Vince Little and Cindy Fisher contributed to this story.

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