Re: For Ol' Uncle Bob
I have a copy of "The Spearhead:The World War II History of the 5th Marine Division," by Howard M. Conner written in 1950.Floyd A J Byers, Pfc is listed with the 27th, 5th Marines and also listed as Killed in Action.I believe Feb. 23, 1945 is D Plus 3 (3 days after D Day which was Feb. 19) and the day before the flag went up on Iwo Jima.It rained that day and turned the volcanic ash into paste.
I have a list of those who served in the 27th, but it is many pages long.My great-uncle was also KIA and served in the 27th and I'm trying to figure out who was in his platoon.I have a witness letter from the platoon sergeant whose account resulted in my uncle getting a Navy Cross... I just wrote to someone by the same name wondering if he's the one, so maybe we'll be able to match some of these men up. I'm also sifting through the Marine Officers class he graduated from and looking through the book for 5th Marine matches... it's pretty humbling to see a freshly graduated face and then find them on an Iwo list a year later.