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My uncle was at Iwo. He was in the navy in a transport ship.Told me when they went ashore it was like the surface of the moon.
Interesting comment about the moon surface - had a co-worker who visited Iwo Jima in the 80s and said it was extremely hard to get traction and just walk.Being on transport must have been tough - but better a Sailor off Iwo than a Marine on Iwo.
My uncle worked as a longshoreman for fifty years. And he weighed about ninety pounds. Looks a lot like Phil Rizzuto, same build just shorter with the same big Italian nose.He gave me his navey peacoat when I was about twelve. Man I wore that in the sixties with pride with my bell bottoms and stuff. Of course I grew out of it in about a year but it was a great coat.
Thanks for the comment Trooper. Your uncle reminds me of some guys I knew growing in Seattle area. Mostly Korean and WW II vets, guys with Popeye forearms who worked blue-collar jobs.The ones I knew always reminded me of Micky Spillane-'cause they had that crew-cut and that lean look. They were tough guys -real ones. They treated me OK - I met them working in a bar my Dad owned - but I was kinda scared of them.
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