Jay Foonberg- Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Victory in the Battle of Iwo Jima

This program was organized by Jay Foonberg, Member #1126.


Raising the Flag on Iwo Jim- The iconic photograph of six United States Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Joe Rosenthal | Associated Press

Jay Foonberg poses with Roy Roush, Member #864. Roy is a Marine veteran and fought on Guadal Canal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian.

While climbing Mt. Suribachi in 2008, a Marine veteran of the battle turned to Jay and said, “If I die climbing this hill, please tell my wife, I died a Marine.” Jay thought to himself, “Why not say I love you?” But, this Marine wanted his last breath to utter, “I died a Marine.”

Jay Foonberg, Member #1126, has climbed to the top of Mt. Suribachi twice. The island of Iwo Jima, once a lynchpin of the war in the Pacific, is now extremly difficult to get to. Jay is the club’s foremost expert on the battle of Iwo Jima.

Jay’s presentation will include-

  • The truth about the flag raising.
  • Why Iwo Jima is so far off the beaten path that more Americans climb Mt. Everest every year than Mt. Suribachi.
  • How the bloodiest battle in U.S. History saved millions of American and Japanese lives.
  • The roles of William Randolph Hearst and Douglas MacArthur, thousands of miles from the battle.
  • Why it cost 7,000 U.S. lives to capture an island only 6 square miles in size.
  • Why the invasion fleet and landing force for Iwo Jima was larger than the invasion fleet for Normandy and the entire European continent.
  • Why a battle estimated to last 3-5 days lasted 7 weeks.
  • How the Code of the Samurai, and the concepts of Bushido and the Shinto religion influenced the battle.
  • How the difference between Jihadist suicide bombers and the Kamikazes resulted in diplomatic action by Japan.
  • Why the U.S. Marine Corps code of Semper Fidelity was superior to the Code of the Samurai.