Iwo Jima Veteran Frank Mathews

“The Corps didn’t prepare you to die,” said 87-year-old Frank Matthews, a docent we met at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, who was an 18-year-old private first class when he landed on Iwo Jima with 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.

“Most of the Marines that I knew were around 19-years old and had a chance to really live life.
But the Marine Corps did train us well for battle and we knew that as we approached the sands.”

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3 Responses
  1. James S. Mitchell HMCS/USN/Ret says:

    Thank you for your service to our country.
    May God Bless you all.

    Semper Fi.

    With out the sacrifices you and yours made I would not have had the career I had.

    Thank you so much.

    Jim

  2. C & D Garten says:

    Thank you Mr. Matthews for your service to our country and also for sharing your story with us at the Marine Corp. Museum! It was truly an honor. We never knew that some of the ships from Pearl Harbor were raised and went on to fight at Iwo Jima.

  3. Evelyn says:

    I just left the Marine Corps Museum and the story Mr. Mathews shared with me will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service and you Abe very much appreciated.

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