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17 July 2009

Florida Factoid Friday

Monticello resident and U.S. Marine Sergeant Ernest "Boots" Thomas led the patrol that planted the first American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi during the ferocious battle of early 1945. This achievement was overshadowed by a second, highly-publicized flag raising later the same day. In the vicious fighting that followed on Iwo Jima, on 3 March, 1945, Thomas was killed in action. His family later received the Navy Cross awarded for his service.

1 comment:

Kathy C. said...

Where have you been sweet gal? I haven't seen any posts from you in a while and I'm hoping all is well. :)
Love ya,
Kathy C.