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Iwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D Shaw. (AP)


Iwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D Shaw. (AP)

Only 660 miles from Tokyo, the small volcanic island of Iwo Jima was recognized as early as 1943 as being a vital location to secure an airbase for allied aircraft, in order to achieve victory in the Pacific. Forseeing this goal, the Japanese began extensive fortifications early, preparing for the eventual onslaught. Within Iwo Jimas myriad tunnels, both underground and within the extinct volcano known as mt Suribachi, enemy forces were able to remain virtually unscathed during the 72 day heavy bombardment in late 1944, which preceded the American landings. In mid Ferbuary 1945, the invasion landing forces arrived, and so began one of the bloodiest and most bitter battles of World War II. Over the course of the next 36 days, the United States Marine Corps would experience many of its most horrific hours, but certainly their finest as well. Marine photographer Joe Rosenthals shot of Old Glory being hoisted aloft atop Suribachi came to be recognized as possibly the most famous photo in history. During the first week of March, the first B-29 to make an emergency landing at Iwo touched down. With its nose art bearing the name Dinah Might, this Superfortress and its crew were hastily repaired, aided and again took to the air within half an hour. Many others soon would follow. Shown here, a B-29 of 34th Bomb Group limps in to Iwos runway number one as emergency crews prepare for more incoming planes, some of which would inevitably have to ditch in the water offshore to avoid an explosive pileup. It is estimated that nearly 25,000 airmen lives would ultimately be spared as a result of being able to make emergency landings there. Nearly 7000 Marines died taking Iwo, with many thousands awarded, the largest number during any single campaign. Of the 23000 Japanese troops defending Iwo, only 1083 were taken prisoner. By the beginning of April, Iwo Jima was secure enough to base P-51 Mustangs to escort the B-29s to Japan, as allies prepared for the frightful prospect of a land invasion on Japans mainland, which historians speculate would likely have cost potentially millions more lives. At this time, more than 60 years after the battle, only a small remnant remains of those who participated first hand in this epic battle. Forever a sympbol of freedom, Iwo Jima remains truly sacred ground.
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Item Code : DHM2634APIwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D Shaw. (AP) - This Edition
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Paper size 31.5 inches x 16.5 inches (80cm x 42cm) Brintzenhofe, Vernard W
Chaffin, Clair C
Colby, Jack L
Earle, Roy
Hink, Harry D
Hatch, Norman T
Ing, Herb
Jacobs, Raymond
Koellein, Henry
Thompson, Grover E
OBrien, Cyril
Ward, Gordon
Weller, Robert
Lucas, Jack
+ Artist : John D Shaw


Signature(s) value alone : £180
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Other editions of this item : Iwo Jima - A Hard Won Haven by John D Shaw.DHM2634
TYPEEDITION DETAILSSIZESIGNATURESOFFERSYOUR PRICEPURCHASING
PRINT Signed limited edition of 500 prints. Paper size 31.5 inches x 16.5 inches (80cm x 42cm) Brintzenhofe, Vernard W
Chaffin, Clair C
Colby, Jack L
Earle, Roy
Hink, Harry D
Hatch, Norman T
Ing, Herb
Jacobs, Raymond
Koellein, Henry
Thompson, Grover E
OBrien, Cyril
Ward, Gordon
Weller, Robert
+ Artist : John D Shaw


Signature(s) value alone : £165
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PRINT Artist signed edition of 1225 prints. Paper size 31.5 inches x 16.5 inches (80cm x 42cm)Artist : John D Shaw£95.00VIEW EDITION...
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Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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Clair C Chaffin USMC
*Signature Value : £15

A native of Jackson, Michigan, Clair Chaffin joined the Navy after the 10th grade after losing his two older brothers in the war. After his training as a Corpsman, he served at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, and was subsequently assigned with the Marine Corps, where he earned a black belt in the martial arts. Clair participated in the invasions of Roi Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Silver Star. After active duty, he majored in Building Construction, and began a 54 year career supervising major Dept of Defense construction projects. Clair has remained extremely active in many organizations, including the position he currently holds as National President of the 4th Marine Division Assn.
Cyril OBrien
*Signature Value : £15

Cy OBrien grew up in Camden, New Jersey and attended State University in Philadelphia, PA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1942 immediately after high school. After boot camp, he was assigned overseas and participated as an infantryman in the battle of Bougainville in November 1943. He later joined the ranks of Combat Correspondents on Guadalcanal in time for the invasion of Guam, where he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Div, and on Iwo Jima with the 9th Marine Regiment. At the wars end he became a newspaperman, covering the US Congress as a columnist in New Jersey. He later was the head of media relations for John Hopkins University and the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, the state in which he currently resides.
Gordon Ward USMC
*Signature Value : £10

Gordon Ward was born in Watertown, New York in 1923. He joined the Marine Corps in June of 1941 and served until his honorable discharge in March 1946. On February 19th, 1945, Gordon was on the 1st wave at Iwo Jima. He recalls, as historic photos confirm, that the only vessel on the beach at that time was a Japanese ship. He vividly remembers the vessels smoke stack and southern side being riddled profusely with bullet holes as a result of US aircraft and naval attack ships. After the war, courtesy to the G.I. Bill, Gordon attended Syracuse and Miami Universities, obtaining the title of Safety Engineer. Gordon remains an active docent at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC, giving presentations, in an effort to educate and guide todays youth in this area of Americas history.
Grover E Thompson USMC
*Signature Value : £10

Grover Thompson was born on 25th June in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and joined the Marine Corps in November 1942. After boot camp he was assigned to the 4th Signal Company. He served in the Pacific area for 21 months, during which time he participated in the invasions of Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Remarkably, Grover was never injured, and was honorably discharged on 27th November 1945 as a Private 1st Class. As a civilian, he owned and operated a successful restaurant in Gettysburg, PA, where he still resides today. He enjoys big game hunting and stays aggressively involved in numerous military organizations, including the 4th Marine Division Assn.


Harry D Hink USAAF
*Signature Value : £25

Harry Hinks 28 year military career began during the height of World War Two. After completing training, in 1943 he flew his first of 28 combat missions in heavy bombers against Japan, attached to the 39th Bomb Group. He vividly recalls Iwo Jima, not only as a navigational checkpoint to and from bombing missions over the Japanese islands, but also found it to be a safe haven personally on three separate occasions, when he and his crew made emergency landings in their B29. In April 1945, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on Guam, and would later fly missions in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He retired from the U S Air Force in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel, with decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Seven Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation and many others. After the military, he worked with the FAA for 17 years, holding various positions in Airport Safety. Harry resides today in the Washington DC area.
Henry Koellein USMC
*Signature Value : £10

Henry was born in Maryland in 1926, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. After finishing boot camp in June 1944, he was later assigned to the 4th Marine Division. As a member of the 2nd Platoon, India Company, 25th Marines, Henry landed on Iwo Jima in the 1st wave on February 19th 1945 as a flame thrower operator. He was seriously wounded and was hospitalized for six months. He was discharged from the Marines in 1946 as a Private 1st Class. During his civilian life, he has been affiliated with numerous organizations. He retired in March 1995 as the Commissioner of Labor and Industry in the state of Maryland.
Herb Ing USMC
*Signature Value : £10

Herb enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939. In 1941 he served aboard the USS Wyoming and USS South Dakota. In 1943, he was assigned to L Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Division and participated in amphibious operations including the Marshall Islands, Saipan and Iwo Jima. Serving for over 30 years in the Marine Corps, Herb is a veteran of three wars; World War Two, Korea and the Vietnam War. Herb held many positions, including Instructor, Platoon Commander, Operations Officer and Commanding Officer. In 1967 he was assigned as the G3 Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division RVN and Commanding Officer at the Officers Candidate School in Quantico. Herb retired at the rank of Colonel in 1971. His decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart.
Jack L Colby USMC
*Signature Value : £15

Jack joined the Marine Corps almost exactly a year following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was trained as a Field Telephone and Message Center operator. He participated in many major Marine campaigns in the Pacific, including the invasions of Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. After his active duty service, Jack utilized his technical communications training from the Marine Corps and began a 39 year carerr with the Washington DC and Virginian Telephone Companies. He still resides in this area today.
Jack Lucas USMC MOH (deceased)
*Signature Value : £15

Born in Plymouth, N.C., on February 14th, 1928, Lucas was a 13-year-old cadet captain in a military academy when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Jacklyln Jack Lucas was just six days past his 17th birthday in February 1945 when his heroism at Iwo Jima earned him the nations highest military honor. He used his body to shield three fellow squad members from two grenades, and was nearly killed when one exploded. He passed away on Thursday May 1st 2008 in a Hattiesburg, Miss. hospital. He was 80.
Norman T Hatch USMC
*Signature Value : £10

A gold Oscar statue bears a Marines name in Quantico. Norm Hatch joined the Marines in 1939 and served a total of 41 years in active and reserve service. As a Combat Cinematographer, he participated in the battles of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and the occupation of Japan in Nagasaki in 1945. In 1944, he was awarded an Academy Award for the Most Outstanding Documentary Short entitaled With the Marines at Tarawa. Over his 64 year career in the photographic, motion picture and public information fields, Norms extensive resume includes Director of Photography for the USMC, Assistant editor of Leatherneck magazine, film and television producer, senior A/V advisor to the Secretary of Defense, consultant to the White House Press Office during four administrations and to the House and Senate Photo and Television Galleries in the National Capitol of the United States. Today, he resides in the Washington DC area, and has made numerous appearances on a variety of historical military TV documentaries.
Raymond Jacobs USMC
*Signature Value : £15

Ray Jacobs joined the Marines in May 1943 in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 17. After boot camp in San Diego, he was trained as a radio operator and assigned to the Raider Training Battalion, F/2/8. During Iwo Jima operations, on February 23rd 1945, he was temporarily assigned to Company E, 2nd Company, 28th Marines, on the combat patrol which secured the top of Mount Suribachi. Ray Jacobs appears in Lou Lowerys photo of the first flag raising as a radioman. At the time of writing, he is one of only two surviving Marines who appear in either of the Iwo Jima flag raising photos. He received the Purple Heart on 10th March 1945. After WWII he again saw service in 1950-51 in the Infantry Training Regiment and completed service as a Sergeant. In his civilian life, he embarked on a 44 year career in television as an operations and editorial director in Albuquerque, Fresno and Oakland, CA.. Today Ray resides in the beautiful area of Lak Tahoe, California.
Robert Weiler USAAF
*Signature Value : £10

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bob Weiler enlisted in the Army, seving in field artillery and the newly formed Tank Destroyer Forces. In September 1943 he began flight training in the Army Air Corps as an aerial gunner, first on B-17s, and eventually as an electrical specialist gunner aboard the new B-29 Superfortresses. Stationed on Guam, he flew many 3000 mile combat missions of 18 hours per flight against the Japanese home islands. On his 14th mission, to Osaka, his plane was badly shot up. His crew bailed out, narrowly escaping the complete destruction of their plane, which exploded just before hitting the water. Bob and his surviving crew were picked up by submarine. Over the course of his 19 combat missions, Bobs crew made emergency landings on Iwo Jima on a number of occasions, due either to battle damage or engine problems. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in December 1945. Bob is retired, living in the Sarasote, Florida area. His decorations include two Air Medals, Purple Heart, Pacific Theater Medal with Air Offensive Japan Star, and other WWII service medals.
Roy Earle USMC
*Signature Value : £10

A native of Bloomfield, New Jersey, Roy enlisted in the Marine Corps in late 1942 and soon completed Telephone school training, after which he was assigned as a Field Lineman and Switchboard operator. When his assignment with the 23rd Marines was split to form the 25th, he was transferred to the Pioneers Company, after which he was transferred to a new unit, the Joint Assault Signal Company. He made landings on Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. In civilian life, he received several degrees, including an MBA from Rutgers University, and became a professor in several universities, finishing his career as Chairman of the Business Dept and Dean of Casco Bay College. Roy was the National President of the 4th Marine Division Association from 2005 to 2006.
Vernard Leroy Brintzenhofe USMC (deceased)
*Signature Value : £10

Vern was born in Struthers, Ohio in 1925 and joined the Marines in 1942. After constructing airfields on Samoa and New Caledonia, he survived the battle of the Coral Sea aboard ship before landing at Guadalcanal in mid 1942. There, he experienced numerous air raids while building four airstrips at Henderson Field. Vern participated in the invasion of Saipan and went on to Iwo Jima. During the 3rd day at Iwo, he was wounded by mortar fire and evacuated to the hospital at Pearl Harbor. From there, he soon returned to the 4th Division and began training for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. After being honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1946, he attended Youngstown College in Ohio, after which he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers until his retirement in 1981. Sadly we have been told by the family that Vernard Leroy Brintzenhofe passed away Tuesday morning 12th April 2011.
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SuperfortressThe largest and most powerful bomber of WW II, the Boeing B-29 Super Fortress, played a major role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. In addition to accelerating Japans surrender following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs, thousands of B-29 crews flew tens of thousands of bombing missions against Japan from bases in China, India, and later in the War from recaptured islands in the Pacific. B-29s entered service in 1943 following a lengthy, problem-filled, development process of three years in response to the governments request for a long range strategic bomber. Only Boeing and Douglas (the B-32 Dominator) responded to the governments requests, and the B-32 had even greater development problems than the B-29. Powered by four giant Wright R-3350-23 radial engines generating a total horsepower of 8,924, the Super Fortresses typically carried crews of ten. They were capable of a top speed of 357-MPH, and at slower cruising speeds had a range of more than 3,200 miles. The B-29 was a large aircraft for its time with a wingspan in excess of 140 feet and a length of just under 100 feet. The Super Forts also had pressurized forward and aft hulls, which made the long distance missions a bit more comfortable for the flight crews. B-29s typically carried defensive armament which included ten machine guns and a single tail-mounted canon. Because of the pressurized hull, the guns were operated by remote control. The first operational B-29 wing was the 58th which flew out of the China-Burma-India theater. On March 9, 1945 General Curtis LeMay ordered an unusual low altitude attack on Tokyo by hundreds of B-29s carrying incendiary bombs. Five such low level missions were scheduled over a ten-day period, and the combined destruction of these missions exceeded that of either of the atomic bomb missions. B-29s were also effectively used to mine Japanese ports and shipping lanes.

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