WWII Veteran Returns From Trip of a Lifetime
GAINESVILLE-- It was one more successful mission for a 90-year old World War two veteran.
A marine who fought at Iwo Jima after all these years got to see the marine corps memorial in Washington D.C. for the first time.
Bob Gasche is now a retired teacher living in Gainesville but 70 years ago he was on the front lines of Iwo Jima fighting a war.
He was deployed many times but was only in Iwo Jima for a few weeks before shrapnel went flying, hitting him in the abdomen.
He survived earning a purple heart.
This past week due to the generosity of the Marine Corps League he went to DC to visit the memorials of the battles he fought in.
On his trip they visited the Arlington Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Iwo Jima memorial but one memorial really hit home.
(Bob Gashe, WWII Veteran) " it brought back alot of memories, yes it did, and i lost my best buddy and i named my son after him."
Seventy years later and gashe still gets emotional thinking about it.
The marine corps league raised $2400 to send Gasche and fellow Marine Veterans scott dupree and drew hill to washington.
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