Iwo Jima Survivors Gather in Wichita Falls Once Again
Joel Jimenez and "Woody" Williams
The Battle of Iwo Jima was the bloodiest pacific battle of World War II. The fight lasted just over a month and the American victory against the Japanese has been forever sealed in the minds of the American people, thanks to the iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the raising of the American flag on Mt. Sirabachi. For over 20 years, survivors of this battle and their families have gathered in Wichita Falls for the Iwo Jima Survivors Reunion. Among the remaining survivors of the battle will be “Woody” Williams, the only living Medal of Honor recipient from the battle.
A USO show and dance is set for tonight at 7:00 pm with music provided by the Mad Medics band. A re-enactment of the raising of the U S flag on Mt. Sirabachi will take place at 10 am on Saturday. An All Forces Banquet is scheduled for 6:30 pm Saturday. Tickets are required for the USO Show and the All Forces Dinner. All activities and ceremonies will take place at the Holiday Inn At the Falls on Central Freeway. The opening ceremonies and flag raising re-enactment are open to the public and free to attend.