NEW LONDON (KLTV) - On February 19, 1945, U.S. Marines stormed Iwo Jima Island. The tiny island was strategic to the planned bombing of Japan. In the month that followed, 7,000 American soldiers died and there were 26,000 casualties.
Barney Bigbie of New London was in the first wave of Marines to hit the beach on Iwo. Fighting was ferocious and on the third day of battle, Bigbie was wounded in the shoulder. Bigbie had already survived the Bogainville campaign where he was rescued by a PT boat captained by John Kennedy, future President of the United States.
Bleeding profously from his wound, Bigbie was carried back to the Iwo beach while bullets continued to fly all around him. From the deck of a hospital ship, Bigbie saw his fellow Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Sarabouchi When Bigbie saw the flag, he thought the battle was won. But, it was to rage for another month, taking a terrible toll, seven thousand Marines and 22,000 Japanese dead.
The Trinity County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating vandalism's at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Sheriff Woody Wallace says the damage happened Friday night after 6pm and continued untilMore >>
The Trinity County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating vandalism's at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.More >>
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A Lufkin man was arrested after running from police Saturday night. According to the police report, Edmond Fowler was reported trespassing at a residence on the 400 block of Birch St. in Lufkin. TheMore >>
A Lufkin man was arrested after running from police Saturday night.More >>
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Saturday the Garden of Memories was filled with veterans and members of the community paying tribute to our country's heroes. "If it wasn't for our fallen comrades we wouldn't be free today," said JudyMore >>
Saturday the Garden of Memories was filled with veterans and members of the community paying tribute to our country's heroes.More >>
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Stephanie Olford spent Friday afternoon organizing one of the pantries at the North Lufkin Hope Center. "We don't want to leave nobody out of food of any kind and turn nobody away," said Stephanie Olford. EveryMore >>
Every first Tuesday and Thursday the Hope Center passes out groceries to low income families.More >>
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A Tennessee woman died Thursday afternoon, 17 days after a three-vehicle accident involving a FedEx truck.Jo Ann Jacobson, 75, of Savannah, Tenn., died at 1:30 p.m. at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.Jacobson'sMore >>
A Tennessee woman died Thursday afternoon, 17 days after a three-vehicle accident involving a FedEx truck.More >>