My Grandfather enlisted in the Navy in 1943 at the age of 30 or so. When he went to war
he was a coxswain of LCVP's at Iwo Jima and in the Pacific.
He was on the USS Rutland 192.
From a short account he had written for the local paper:
On Feb 19th 1944 US troops attacked the Japanese stronghold on Iwo Jima.
For 8 days the Rutland dropped off troops and cargo and handled casualties.
Although 11 of the LCVP's were lost through enemy fire, being swamped in the high surf
and other causes and several of her beach party personal were wounded, not one man was
killed that came from the Rutland.
His fellow crewman went almost without sleep for the whole operation.
They fought off several kamakazi air attacks before leaving the island on Feb. 27th.
RIP "Papa Joe"
April 16,1913- May 20, 2001