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Survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima to Share Memories 70 Years Later at Patriots Point Symposium

Chris Hauff Feb 20, 2015

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – On Thursday, March 5 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima with a free symposium that will feature three survivors of the attack.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m. onboard the USS YORKTOWN.

The panel of speakers will include the last living Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Williams, USMC, William Quinn, Sr., USMC, and Marvin Veronee, USNR.

Cpl. Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while operating a flame-thrower during battle.  He is credited with neutralizing one of the most heavily defended Japanese strong points on the island – an action that saved thousands of American lives.

“This symposium is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from our country’s greatest heroes,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette.   “We are very blessed and excited to have three combat survivors here at the same time to talk about one of the most historic battles in American history.  The personal experiences and stories these men can tell are truly unique and something you can’t find in movies or history books.”

In addition to the panel, there will be a special introduction by Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. James E. LivingsFirst Flagton and Vietnam veteran and Navy Cross recipient Col. Myron Harrington USMC (Ret.) will provide an overview of the battle that will describe why the island of Iwo Jima was so important to both the United States and the Japanese.  Harrington’s presentation will also outline battle tactics and military strategies using photos and video taken during the five-week attack.

The symposium will conclude with a question and answer period with the panel.  Anyone interested in submitting questions for consideration can email [email protected] or post on the museum Facebook Page.

The Battle of Iwo Jima symposium is part of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s ongoing effort to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II.   Parking will cost $5.

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2 thoughts on “Survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima to Share Memories 70 Years Later at Patriots Point Symposium

  1. Peter MacKinnon says:

    While I don’t live close enough to Charleston to routinely attend your events, I remain very interested in what gets said. I wonder if there’s any way to either develop a webinar connection into your scheduled events or if production of a video of the events is feasible (with an associated charge for the DVD and S/H)? Just a thought.

    1. Chris Hauff says:

      Hi Peter,

      Please check out our LiveStream page. Here is a link: http://new.livestream.com/patriotspointlive

      We stream each of our events live. Afterwards, you can view the archived videos on our page for free.

      Thank you for asking.

      Chris Hauff
      Public Information Officer

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