Celebrating 69 Years Since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II
GAINESVILLE - It's been almost 70 years since the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II...but for one veteran it's an invasion he'll never forget.
February 19 will celebrate the anniversary of the battle...as veterans gathered to commemorate and remember the mission that claimed the lives of 6,000 young Marines.
It was one of the bloodiest moments for the Marines... and when the flag was raised veteran Bob Gasche says it was a moment of celebration.
Bob Gasche, World War II veteran: "On February 23rd, 1945 the Marines raised the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi and it's a site I will never forget as long as I live."
During the battle Gasche was also wounded by a stray piece of shrapnel.
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