Deward Terry served with the 5th Marine Division, landing on Iwo Jima during WWII. “It was quiet and there was no firing.  We stepped out on dry ground. The Japanese were ordered not to fire until the beach was loaded with men and equipment.  Then they pulled the guns out of the caves on Mt Suribachi.  They were looking right down on the beach.   The military later found over 17 miles of caves on Iwo Jima.” Each one had to be cleared.

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