Wednesday, July 14, 2004
AN OPEN LETTER TO CLINT EASTWOOD....by Dick Gaines
An Open Letter To Clint Eastwood
I see by recent news articles that you are to be involved in a new film regarding the raising of our flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. I have wondered if this is going to be yet another party line account, or if this one will finally emphasize the full story and truth of that event in our history.
Since it is you involved this time, I expect the latter could be the case, and I think it's worth a shot to attempt to bring the following information to your attention in hopes that the story of Marine Ray Jacobs, and others, might finally be brought to the attention of the American people in a way that is worthy of both the event and the men themselves.
Jacobs is one of the remaining survivors, along with Chuck Lindberg, of Lt. Schrier's 40-man combat patrol up Suribachi that day to raise our colors over the Japanese homeland. I am referring to the earlier (so-called) first flag raising--not the later raising of a replacement flag that was photographed by Joe Rosenthal (and was also shot on motion-picture film as well)--and quickly became famous as the Iwo Jima flag raising, well-known to all. The actual flag raising was photographed earlier that same day by Marine S/Sgt Lou Lowery, and is not nearly so well-known.
Jacobs' own Eyewitness Account and photos describing the flag raising, as well as other information, may be viewed here...
Ray Jacobs may be reached at the following E-Mail address...
Hoping this finds its way to your eyes. Thank you for your kind attention.
Viewers please post/forward all hands.
R.W. "Dick" Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
1952 (Plt #437)--'72
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