Los Angeles Times headline announcing : Iwo Jima Invaded; Fierce Battle Rages. Circa 1945
Photo of the Seabee encampment on Iwo Jima. Circa 1945
A different view of the famous Waldon T. Rich rock carving on Iwo Jima. Photo was taken by Waldon T. Rich in July 1945. His tent is directly to the right of the carving. You can also note the horse shoe game peg in lower center of photo. Circa 1945
Rock Carving by Waldon T. Rich. Image taken during the 2002 tour of Iwo Jima by Ms. Diane Kuebler, whose father had also served on Iwo Jima with the Navy Seabees'.
Rock Carving Dedication Plaque.
This is the plaque that is placed near
Mr. Rich's rock carving. Image was taken during
the 2002 tour of Iwo Jima by Ms. Diane Kuebler.
Rock Carving Dedication Plaque
Dedicated to the brave men who lost their liveson this island February 19, 1945.
Carved and dedicated by Mr. Waldon T. Rich.
The information above was compiled from e-mail messages received in March 2003 from Mr. Waldon T. Rich's son and daughter, Patricia and Dale Rich. Some of the above images were also contributed by Ms. Diane Kuebler, the daughter of the late Arthur O. Kuebler who is a member of the 31st Navy SEABEEs' Association and who recently toured Iwo Jima in March of last year.
Additional images, and related links with regards to Mr. Waldon T. Rich's memorial to the brave men who fought and died on Iwo Jima can be viewed at the following web sites:
31st Navy Seabees' Association
Includes a section on the recent visit to Iwo Jima in March of last year.
Image of Cliff Carving
This image and the one below are from a Japanese web site and include a dedication marker crediting the rock carving to Mr. Waldon T. Rich.
Image of Cliff Carving (Dedication Marker)
Close up view of the dedication marker to Mr. Waldon T. Rich.
Black Pearl Veterans
Includes a few additional images of the rock carving taken over the past years by men stationed on Iwo Jima.
Additional Iwo Jima images: If you would care to take a virtual tour of Iwo Jima -- 20 years after the battle for the island, you may do so by clicking on the following links:
Iwo Jima Photo Album 1965 - 1966
My Year on Iwo: 1965 - 1966
September 5, 2002.
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