Local Marine Remembers Images Of Iwo Jima Years Later

RIVER EDGE, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Lou DiPaolo was only 18 years old when he hit the beach at Iwo Jima as a Marine, but images of the battle still remain ingrained in his mind 66 years later to the day.

During the ferocious fighting that began on Feb. 19, 1945, and raged for a month, more than 6,500 Marines were killed, including three of the six who were captured in a famous photograph raising the American flag over Iwo Jima.

“The worst was they came up to the cemetery, truckloads of Marines stacked like cordwood. That’s what I think about just about everyday,” DiPaolo said. “It never goes away.”

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ John Montone spoke with Lou DiPaolo about the Battle of Iwo Jima

The marines killed almost all of the 20,000 Japanese soldiers in what was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

“It was just total slaughter,” DiPaolo said. “The whole island smelled of death.”

Throughout his long life, whenever the United States has gone to war DiPaolo understands the sacrifices our servicemen are making.

“They need our support, that’s the way I think about,” DiPaolo said.

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  • Blue Ranger 1

    I dont know with you Fritz and bigmamamulley, a soldier, combatant or non-combatant is a member of the Armed Forces, a Marine is a soldier. If you read it right and your brain apparently doing well with you…DiPaolo was a Marine.

    Thank God for the men and women soldiers: Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force or Cost Guard.

  • Robert

    America will never have a generation of fine men like Lou again. I am thankful that many of my teachers in the fifties and sixties were WW 2 vets.

  • bigmamamuley

    The title of the article states that he was a Soldier. I guess that accurate reading is not that important to you.

  • Fritz Von

    Was Lou a Soldier or a Marine? I guess accuracy isn’t that important to most news media types. I know if I did my job in that fashion, I’d be unemployed. …and yes there were Soldiers there.

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