To be sure you know what I am writing about — in The Recorder on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, above the fold there were two headlines. The lower one read “Burger Wars - the battle rages on.” Beside the story was a picture of a hamburger with a black depiction of “the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima”.
Good grief. How disrespectful. Comparing a ‘battle’ of hamburger joints to the “Battle of Iwo Jima.”
Perhaps whoever was responsible for that article and picture didn’t know much about American history and the actual battles of the Pacific during World War II (Dec. 1941 until Sept. 1945.) Just a few facts. More US Marines earned the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima than in any other battle in US History. In 36 days of fighting there were 25,851 US casualties (1 in 3 were killed or wounded. Of these, 6,825 American boys were killed. Virtually all 22,000 Japanese perished. The Marines’ effort provided a vital link in the U.S. chain of bomber bases. By war’s end, 2,400 B-29 bombers carrying 27,000 crewman had made emergency landings on Iwo Jima. Those are just a few facts.
Do you still think the image of the memorial for Imo Jima is funny shown on the top of a hamburger?