I am looking for family of crew of Glamour Gal 105 mm howitzer used by 5th Marine Division, 13th Marines (artillery) USMC at Iwo. They were the first howitzer crew to get set up on the island and fired the first shot at Mt. Suribachi. There is a USMC WWII film called Glamour Gal that is on youtube - Part I has the 10 men. My grandfather, Thomas Owen Bratcher was also a member of the crew. I am searching for family to inform them that there is a ceremony on May 8, 2009 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to honor the crew of Glamour Gal and the families and the howitzer has been re-made and designed to look like the original Glamour Gal. The film does not always have accurate information in it, but it does give all the names of the crew members.
This ceremony is to name the Howitzer Glamour Gal, honor the crew, other veterans of Iwo and the family members.