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Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood to direct WWII drama for Spielberg
« on: July 20, 2004, 04:30:45 AM »
My own choices for references to the Iwo Jima Flag Raising are:  

1. Immortal Images, A Personal History Of Two Photographers And The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima, Tedd Thomey, Naval Institute Press, 1996

2. Iwo Jima, Monuments, Memories, and the American Hero, Marling/Wetenhall, Harvard University Press, 1991

3. Shadow Of Suribachi, Raising The Flags On Iwo Jima, Albee/Freeman, Praeger, 1995

Dick G

Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood to direct WWII drama for Spielberg
« on: July 19, 2004, 12:24:46 PM »
No, three other Marines raised the "first" flag--but they also were from Easy company, 2d Battallion, 28th Marines...

See below...

Thank you,
Dick G

Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood to direct WWII drama for Spielberg
« on: July 18, 2004, 08:02:52 AM »
See also my post regarding this topic and Eastwood's soon to be iwo Jima film--An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood...By Gunny G!--at the following messageboard URL...;action=display;threadid=2742&start=0;action=display;threadid=2742&start=0

Thank you,
Dick Gaines

Eastwood News / An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood...By Gunny G!
« on: July 17, 2004, 05:27:20 AM »
An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood

I see by recent news articles that you are to be involved in a new film regarding the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. I have wondered if this is going to be yet another of the usual party line accounts, or if this one will finally be an in-depth full story and truth of that event in our history.

Since it is you involved this time, I expect the latter could be the case, and I think it's worth a shot to attempt to bring the following information to your attention in hopes that the story of Marine Ray Jacobs, and others, might finally be brought to the attention of the American public in a way that is worthy of both the event and the men themselves.

Jacobs is one of the known remaining survivors, along with Chuck Lindberg, of Lt. Schrier's 40-man combat patrol up Suribachi that day to raise our colors over the Japanese homeland. I am referring here to the earlier (so-called) first flag raising--not the later raising of a replacement flag that was photographed by Joe Rosenthal (and was also shot by Sgt Genaust on motion-picture film as well)--and which quickly became famous as the Iwo Jima flag raising, well-known to all. The actual flag raising was photographed earlier that same day by Marine S/Sgt Lou Lowery, and is not nearly so well-known.

Jacobs' own recent Eyewitness Account and photos describing the flag raising, as well as other information, may be viewed here...

Ray Jacobs may be reached at the following E-Mail address...

Hoping this finds its way to your eyes. Thank you for your kind attention.

Semper Fidelis
Dick Gaines


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