I had started typing this on the Where Did You Grow Up Thread but when it started getting a little long, I didn't want to hijack the thread. For those of you Iwo Jima descendants....husband's grandfather was there also. Actually, he was killed there. He served on the USS Terry and while they were anchored about a mile (give or take) offshore, the ship was attacked by land based morters. I believe this was March(??). He was buried at sea in fact, before the ship limped back to a port for repairs. My father in law was only 2 at the time so for his benefit and husband's I started doing some research. I actually managed to track down a gentleman who had been onboard at the time. In fact, he was one of two men who had written a letter to husband's grandmother. The captain had asked for volunteers to write the next of kin of those killed and this man and another wrote to father in law's mother. The man I contacted actually still had the letter husband's grandmother wrote in return and sent it to me. He also sent a lot of infomation he had including a fellow sailor's personal journal (copies) from that time period. It was really very interesting. Kind of gruesome at times but interesting. Another man (the son of one of the crew members I believe) sent me some pictures that his father had taken on board but unfortunately there were not any of husband's grandfather. I also found out that there was a ship reunion this past fall in Ohio but by the time I found out about it, it was too late for father in law to go. I hope there is one next year and some of his father's shipmates are still living and able to go. I think he would really enjoy it.