Open Session: What Readers Think


| October 2007



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Iwo Jima - I would like to give you some information on Iwo Jima, which Japan has reverted to calling Iwo To ('Japan changes name of island of Iwo Jima,' August). My wife's father and uncle were on Iwo Jima and survived. They are buried in the veteran's graves section in Colorado City, Texas.

Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph was actually the second flag-raising on Iwo Jima. I'm enclosing an obituary of Charles 'Chuck' Lindberg, who was the last survivor of the first flag-raising. Chuck passed away June 24. He gave many speeches at schools and colleges, and was a real good guy. A wonderful time was had by my wife, Roberta, and me at his home many times. He will be missed.

Dean Bunn
Minneapolis

Editor's note: Bunn enclosed a copy of an autographed photo of Lindberg at the flag-raising, as well as an obituary of Lindberg.

An Associated Press obituary about Lindberg noted that Lindberg - no relation to Charles Lindbergh, the aviator - was awarded the Silver Star for bravery. By his account, the second flag-raising on Iwo Jima occurred four hours after the first - by which time he was back in combat. Lindberg said that when he told people about raising the first flag at Iwo Jima, no one believed him, and he spent his final years trying to increase awareness of the first flag-raising.

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A rare breed - A while back, I sent a request for hibiscus flower seed to Reader to Reader. The response I got was awesome. I have received enough seeds to share with my family.





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