JAPAN. Iwo Jima. February 1945. Marine Cpl. Edward Burckhardt, Yonkers - NY, from the
5th Division and his “captive” kitten that he found at the base of Mount Suribachi. He christened it "Suribachi Sue.“
Holland Smith Collection/USMC Archives
71 years ago at Iwo Jima, Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone fell in combat leading his machine gun squad. Basilone rejoined combat voluntarily after leaving the 1943 War Bond Tour. He was the only Marine in World War II to receive both the Medal of Honor and a Navy Cross.
Our favorite fighting Frenchman, the Marquis de Lafayette, succumbed to pneumonia today in 1834. He is buried in Paris’s Picpus Cemetery under dirt from Bunker Hill and next to his wife, Adrienne, whose mother is one of 1,300+ victims of the guillotine also buried in a mass grave in the cemetery.
PHOTO CREDIT: US Marines Decorating Grave of Lafayette, Picpus Cemetery, Paris 1889 by USMC Archives Via Flickr: From the Henry Clay Cochrane Collection (COLL/1) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections
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