Mt. Suribachi from above Red Beach II. Red Beach I and Red Beach II, hardly as dramatic as Normandy’s Omaha and Utah — but the Japanese had designed their defenses to be, and in the end were, much bloodier.

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Harnessed to the inside wall of the cargo plane by nylon webbing. I note the absence of an M-16 between my knees. If not for that. I'd think we were circling Da Nang. Loosening my ...


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