by Norman G. Casteel
I want to give you the story of my 36 days and nights on Iwo Jima, in June of 1944.
I took my Boot Camp at San Diego. The hardest thing was to qualify at swimming. On the rifle range, I got seven out of eight at the 500 yard line. The rest of bootcamp I took in stride, then a 10-day leave to go home, back to Clarinda, Iowa.