In honor of the 75th Anniversary of one of the most critical battles of World War II, the Fox News anchor of The Story with Martha MacCallum pays tribute to the heroes who sacrificed everything at Iwo Jima to defeat the Armed Forces of Emperor Hirohito—among them, a member of her own family, Harry Gray.
Admiral Chester Nimitz spoke of the “uncommonvalor” of those who fought on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest and most brutal battles of World War II. In thirty-six grueling days, nearly 7,000 Marines were killed and 22,000 were wounded.
In Unknown Valor, Martha MacCallum weaves the stories of these Marines—from Boston, Massachusetts, to Gulfport, Mississippi, as told through letters and recollections—into the larger history of what American military leaders saw as an eventual showdown in the Pacific with Japan. In a relentless push through the jungles of Guadalcanal, over the coral reefs of Tarawa, past the bloody ridge of Peleliu, against the banzai charges of Guam, and to the cliffs of Saipan, these Marines were on a path that ultimately led to the black sands of Iwo Jima, the doorstep of the Japanese Empire.
Martha MacCallum, Ronald J. Drez
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