- Date/Time: 6:00 pm-9:30 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2020
- Location: The Adventurers Club of Los Angeles
- Category: Open Night
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.