U.S. Marine Corps 1939–1945

From his early days at boot camp at Parris Island, Office Candidate School and Reserve Officer Training at Quantico, Dick Johnstone was earmarked as “officer potential.” After more training at Camp Pendleton, he was shipped out to Camp Tarawa in Hawaii. Dick talks about his career as an officer with H Company, 3rd Battalion, 27 Regiment, 5th Marine Division and how he survived the battle of Iwo Jima. He tells firsthand accounts of the underground tunnels and hidden caves, and how the Japanese fought differently than they had ever yet encountered in the Pacific, harassing them and infiltrating their lines of defense at night. And he tells of the incident that will remain with him all his life: when their command post took a direct hit.

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