"I was on guard duty the morning of February 19, 1945. It must have been around 5 or 6 o'clock when I saw what looked like lightening over the top of this little island. Our ship was heading in that direction. It wasn't too long after that when our commanding officers ordered us to get ready to disembark. I soon found out the island was Iwo Jima"
Merril served in the 2nd and 5th Marine Division in WWII as a Navajo Code Talker.
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