Tabonga 1,974 Member · Posted February 19, 2020 Share Posted February 19, 2020 My father was a Seabee on Iwo Jima - they landed late in that battle (March 25th) and were bivouced on the airfield they were to begin working on. Although trained as being capable of combat they had relatively few weapons since the island had been declared secure, They were woken in the middle of the early morning facing a banzai charge (in which the island's Japanese commander (Tadamichi Kuribayashi) was reportedly killed) - the Seabees took the brunt of it until a couple of other nearby units could arrive. The only thing that saved them (according to my father) was that what he described as a "Marine cook detachment" got hit first and the noise gave them a bit of a warning. (The history books say it was a Marine pilot unit - but the sacrifice whatever unit it was made likely saved my father's (and others) life). Good thing or I wouldn't be here!! https://www.bradford-delong.com/2015/03/liveblogging-world-war-ii-march-26-1945-iwo-jima.html 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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