WWII Veteran to Visit Iwo Jima Memorial for First Time
It is one more mission for a 90-year-old World War II Veteran.
Bob Gasche will fly to Washington D.C. on Thursday to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial for the first time since he fought on the Island of Iwo Jima 70 years ago.
The wounded veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart Medal said he's lucky to have survived after he and other Marines went into a cave and suddenly shrapnel went flying, making it's way into his right abdomen.
Gasche recovered but he said he's emotional about paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the battle. "This is the kind of thing that has given us our freedom that we have today, the sacrifices made by those young men that fought in those battles," said Gasche.
The Marine Corps League raised $2,400 to send Gasche and fellow Marine Veterans Scott Dupree and Drew Hill to Washington D.C. They will also tour the Marine Barracks "8th & I" as guests for the evening parade, and they plan to spend a day at the National Marine Corps museum.
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