75 years ago, the Battle of Iwo Jima was supported by thousands of Coast Guard officers and men serving in transports, on board landing craft and on the beaches.
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A much different sort of chaos greeted Coast Guard veteran Edward DiGiovanni on Easter Sunday in April 1945. DiGiovanni, then 18, was aboard the USS LST-884, a tank landing ship operated by his unit, heading toward Japan’s Okinawa Island. Just weeks earlier, DiGiovanni and the ship’s crew had participated in the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima during the closing months of World War II. DiGiovanni stood at the bottom of the hill as a group of U.S. Marines raised the country s flag atop Mount Surabachi, as depicted in the now-famous photograph.
HS1 Chris Lisk, LTJG Jeff McCroskey, HSC Bob Spicer, and LTJG Chris Hughes stand in front of a Marine Corps CH-46 while aboard the USS Iwo Jima in support of Continuing Promise. Photo courtesy of LTJG Jeff McCroskey. Coast Guard medical personnel are aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as part of the Navy’s