Nov. 10 was observed as the Marine Corps birthday. For over 200 years it has participated in numerous wars, battles and conflicts. Three stand out: Bellieu Woods, 1918 France, WWI; Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands 1945, WWII; and Chosen Reservoir March to the Sea, Korean conflict, 1952.
27,000 Japanese and Americans died at Iwo Jima; 20,000 Americans were injured. As a Marine artillery forward observer radio operator, I was one of them. Evacuated to a naval hospital followed by a rest camp in Oahu, I was returned to the 13th Marines at Camp Tarawa, Hawaii.
Today I deplore war, I am affiliated with Veterans for Peace, write and demonstrate for peace. War in Afghanistan has lingered for 9 years. A political settlement will bring it to an end. Meanwhile men and women of many countries, including civilian women and children, will be killed. Please end this tragedy.