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ashley_lynn343 Don't mind me, I was in the middle of fixing my shirt and sweatshirt when this was taken ANYWAYS! Since this kid had duty on Christmas and wasn't able to come home, we're celebrating Christmas tomorrow as a family! So excited #christmas #navysister #siblings #navyfamily #supportourtroops 2h

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melissa_ann_davis_86 Do you feel like this? I know I did at one point until I started taking my greens. Packed with 8 servings of #fruits and #veggies and 38 #superfoods these #allnatural greens will #alkalize your body's #natural ph! You don't know what you're missing until you start taking these. Email me or text 937/307-3074 with #greens to get more info. #betteryou #bettereating #newyearnewyou #newyears #2015 #resolution #babyweightgone #goals #getfit #fitness #weightloss #wellness #ohio #airforce #wrightpatt #wpaf #dayton #UD #Supportourtroops #wrightstate #workfromhome 3h

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seb_dz I like this bus!
Not everybody gets to be home for the holidays. Remember to thank our men and women in uniform! - Support Our Troops -

#supportourtroops #CanadianForces #CF #CAF #troops
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peerintothepast "This coming March The Greatest Generations Foundation will be sponsoring 30 U.S combat veterans back to the island of Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
The Battle:
U.S. Marines invaded Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, after months of naval and air bombardment. The Japanese defenders of the island were dug into bunkers deep within the volcanic rocks.

Approximately 70,000 U.S. Marines and 18,000 Japanese soldiers took part in the battle. In thirty-six days of fighting on the island, nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines were killed. Another 20,000 were wounded. Marines captured 216 Japanese soldiers; the rest were killed in action. The island was finally declared secured on March 16, 1945. It had been one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history.

Both Nick Dalphonse and Robert 'Plug' O'Neil (photo attached) were cooks for the 23rd US Marine Regiment, 4th Marines Division, on Iwo Jima 20th of February 1945 (D-Day+1). This is their account from Iwo Jima -
We had barely landed and the unit was constantly pinned down by enemy artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire. A fellow soldier lost his composure and started popping off little bursts in all directions until O'Neil took his rifle. "It wasn't bad enough that we could hardly move and then one of our leaders starts firing shots all over the place. We had to take his rifle from him." Not much after that, they found themselves under attack. They were concerned with the numbers of Japanese soldiers coming at them and noticed their 0.50 caliber machine gun had been taken out by enemy fire. The fire fights toward the front were intense and the machine gun seemed like the better option than the M1. "They were in and on us. We were fighting and men were falling. At some point we noticed they had taken out our machine gun. The M1 was a good rifle and I know what they will teach you about shooting, but there will be nights when you go to sleep pretty sore. I swear we could pop guys off from behind the trees that were on those islands."
#USMC #History #ww2 #wwii #Wounded #WoundedWarriors #IwoJima #Heroes #SupportOurTroops #SupportOurVeterans #Military #PeerIntoThePast
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  •   peerintothepast We figured the only way we were coming off of that island was behind the machine gun, and just decided that it may as well be us. We moved the men and started firing that gun. The shells we were firing were half inch diameter. We were in a pretty good fight and lost a lot of good men there. Afterwards, we took it the rest of the way taking turns at it.

    One evening we were firing the machine gun and that baby kept getting pretty hot.They just kept coming at us. All I can tell you is we were lucky our division was bringing along spare barrels." They also helped in repulsing several Banzai attacks that occurred toward the end of operations on the island. O'Neil and Dalphonse were machine gunners for the better part of the operation.
    Dalphonse also cornered a Japanese officer as they made their way through the brush. He ended up with his rifle on him. O'Neil was scanning flicking his eye toward his buddy. Dalphonse said it seemed like forever, but he could see that the soldier was of some rank and thought he should be taken back for questioning. So they took him back to their field leader.
    On Iwo Jima, heavy fire started as they made their way up the beach. O'Neil was hit by mortar fire and Dalphonse bandaged and helped O'Neil back to the boat that would take him to the hospital ship. "There were shells flying all over the place and all of a sudden I saw 'Plug' running back with both hands on his face," he added. "So I grabbed him, seen he was hit and took him back to the landing craft." Staff Sgt. Dalphonse ended up taking charge of the remaining men after losing their platoon leader.

    Mr. Robert O'Neil died in 2002 aged 78
    Mr. Nick Dalphonse aged 91 in 2014 (and may still alive today)

    Remember Those Who Served
    The Greatest Generations Foundation 5h
  •   defectivekoh you post awesome images 5h
  •   _connormoran_ Grandpas uncle was on Iwo Jima. He was hit in the leg and ankle and kept fighting, his friend was there with him he got hit, he was killed my Machine gun fire while on the stretcher. 5h
  •   peerintothepast Thank you! @defectivekoh 5h

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crysta_cirillo I have no clue what possessed me to this but I did, maybe all time favorite song HOME by Michael Buble. I guess my minds been on all those men and women away from their families on the holidays and how much they are sacrificing to keep our country safe while helping those in need. I never knew how much this song really meant to me until I joined the army and finally realized what it means to others. I pray the members of our armed forces come home safely to see their families soon enough! #armystrong #comehome #ineverdothis #whatswrongwithme #supportourtroops 6h

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vlcat3 It's nice to see how many favorites and retweets my tweet got to support our troops#usa #supportourtroops 6h

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