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Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo Code Talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima in WW II

In U.S. Marine Corps, World War II on September 24, 2014 at 1:38 am
 Dick Trott of Venice, Fla. had just graduated from boot camp in San Diego, Calif. in 1943 when this picture was taken. Photo provided

Dick Trott of Venice, Fla. had just graduated from boot camp in San Diego, Calif. in 1943 when this picture was taken. Photo provided

Dick Trott, who lives in the Jacaranda Trace Apartments in Venice, Fla., came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945 in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was a corporal operating a radio working with Navajo Code Talkers providing U.S. Marines with an unbreakable language to communicate in during the epic battle at the close of World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

First blood during Korean War

In Korean War, U. S. Army on July 7, 2010 at 4:38 am

Cpl. Lou Repko is at the wheel of the Jeep during the first day of the Korean War. Repko winters in Craig’s RV Park near Arcadia, Fla. Click on any image to enlarge.

About Life’s cover shot
“The first U.S. infantry outfit to shed blood in the Korean War was the 24th ‘Victory’ Division. Three of these men are shown aboard a jeep in Korea. Last week the men of the 24th fought heroically to hold the key city of Taejon against superior Communist forces. They were forced to retreat under murderous fire after their communications broke down. Their commander was reported missing and the enemy had surrounded and infiltrated the town. Organized in 1929 as the ‘Hawaiian Division’ it was renamed the 24th in 1941 and some of its elements were bombed at Pearl Harbor. It won its nickname for helping to liberate the Philippines in 1944.”

It’s not often a G.I. make the front cover of Life magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

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