I love JESUS! I'm a 7th-generation Florida native, dyed-in-the-wool Southron belle. I just recently dusted off my genealogy notes and, thanks to a long-lost relative, nearly doubled the details. We started home schooling when only 'outlaws' did it and still enjoy a daily quest for knowledge. These days, the family spends a lot of time birding, butterflying, spending as much time in 'the woods' as possible while they're still here.
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.