Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 3)

Pierre Lagacé:

Part Three

Originally posted on Masako and Spam Musubi:

“There She Goes”

In the climax of the classic Hollywood movie Sands of Iwo Jima above, the words, “There she goes,” is uttered by a fictional Marine played by Forrest Tucker.

You will soon read that those were the words apparently said in a brief conversation between Sgt. Bill Genaust and AP photographer Joe Rosenthal atop Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945.

And you thought Hollywood movies were all fiction…¹


mcclue 2 Page 2 of a poignant letter written by Sgt. Genaust to the mother of his buddy, Howard McClue, who was killed in action shortly after Genaust was taken out of combat. USMC archives.

In Part 2, we left Sgt. Genaust recovering from a gun shot wound to his thigh and learning his fellow Marine and close buddy, Howard McClue, was killed soon after.

He apparently felt great loss from the death of McClue and sent a letter to…

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ANZAC Centenary

Pierre Lagacé:

Never forget why wars are fought for…

Originally posted on pacificparatrooper:

James Charles Martin (1901-1915), youngest Australian KIA at Gallipoli James Charles Martin (1901-1915), youngest Australian KIA at Gallipoli

Anzac Centenary

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since their  involvement in the First World War.

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The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all Australians and New Zealanders.  The First World War helped define them as a people and as nations.

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During the Anzac Centenary they will remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women. [And I hope other nations will as well.]


The Anzac Centenary Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which they have been involved.   And to honour all those who have worn the uniforms.  The programs involved with the Centenary urge all to reflect on their military…

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WWII Vet and his crew pursued Japanese fleet at Midway

Pierre Lagacé:

A story about the PBY Catalina and unsung heroes

Originally posted on War Tales:

Frank Arcidiacono was the radio operation aboard a U.S. Navy seaplane assigned to find Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto’s armada. The huge Japanese fleet was steaming toward Midway Island in the North Pacific on its way to attack what was left of the much smaller American battle group during the pivotal days of June 1942.

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Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 2)

Pierre Lagacé:

Part two

Originally posted on Masako and Spam Musubi:

genaust w cam USMC Sgt Bill Genaust posing with his B&H Autoload motion picture camera. My guess – GUESS – is this appears to be a PR shot. If so, it was taken after his actions on Saipan.  USMC photo.

Now trained in motion picture combat methods, Sgt. Genaust is headed into his first combat.  What all Marines train for.

He is headed into a hell hole called Saipan.


USMC map Overview of Pacific Campaign; Saipan is dead center. You can also see Guam and Tinian to the south. Tinian is where the Enola Gay was stationed. USMC report.

The United States had fought her way up the Solomon Islands campaign with great cost.

Saipan was at the edge of the Japanese Empire in 1944. Not only did it have two airfields, the taking of Saipan would allow the US to launch the B-29 bombers against the Japanese homeland.

The Japanese command knew this. …

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Iwo Jima Flag Raising(s) – the MOVIE (Part 1)

Pierre Lagacé:

Memories from the past – part one

Originally posted on Masako and Spam Musubi:

battle_iwojima256 The more immortalized flag was just hoisted in the background, with a few of the seven famous Marines still trying to secure it. The group of Marines in front have just lowered the first smaller flag that had been raised a bit earlier. February 23, 1945. USMC photo.

I assume you know of the iconic flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi by our courageous US Marines on Iwo Jima?¹  It was immortalized, in my opinion, by the most iconic photo of WWII.

But did you know there were TWO flags?  And that THREE cameramen were involved with capturing the two flag raisings?

And did you ever wonder where the movie of the flag being raised came from…or who shot it?


You have seen the above color footage of the US flag being raised on Iwo Jima (above) during WWII countless of times.  On TV.  In movies (that’s important – the…

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On this day: August 1st 1914: The First World War Erupts

Pierre Lagacé:

About World War One

Originally posted on 20th century battles:

Four days after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Germany and Russia declare war against each other, France orders a general mobilization, and the first German army units cross into Luxembourg in preparation for the German invasion of France. During the next three days, Russia, France, Belgium, and Great Britain all lined up against Austria-Hungary and Germany, and the German army invaded Belgium. The “Great War” that ensued was one of unprecedented destruction and loss of life, resulting in the deaths of some 20 million soldiers and civilians.

1914 Map of Europe Showing the Allied Powers in green & the Central Powers in red. 1914 Map of Europe Showing the Allied Powers in green & the Central Powers in red.

On June 28, 1914, in an event that is widely regarded as sparking the outbreak of World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was shot to death with his wife by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Ferdinand had been inspecting…

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How this search for R J Hetherington began?

A simple  message using the contact  form of this post.

Hi there, one of the names glued into the journal: is Flight Lieutenant  (Raymond Joseph) R J Hetherington, Morrinsville, New Zealand,who was from Squadron 33, personal number 414290. I’m not sure this of any help, but he was my grandfather, who flew a Spitfire, presumed dead when gunned down but later found in a German hospital recovered by British troops the previous day. If there was ever any references to him would love to hear from you.

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On that post you  will  also find this  in the comment  section.

My Uncle was M. J. Mills of Auckland, N.Z. He served in 132 Squadron – missing in action 19-11-1942. His file is on the Cenotaph site of http://www.aucklandmuseum.com You may find other NZers there also. There is a photo of inside his hut at Dunnville. To find names who were in the same training unit on the web is astonishing. My cousin scanned Graduation Banquet covers. One has ‘The Three Musketeers’ written on top. Then underneath wings of RAF and NZ are the names–A.L. Ray – J.E. Shields – M.J.Mills. Also PDFs of lists of Commaning Officers – Flying Instructors – Menus and graduates.