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Freedom Fighters: J.N. Goodwin

The critically acclaimed motion picture "Flags of our Fathers" tells the story of the 1945 battle of Iwo Jima.  J.N. Goodwin fought in that ferocious battle and lived to tell the story.

Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Goodwin joined the Marine Corps. His "baptism by fire", as he calls his first assault landing in the Marshall Islands, was a "cakewalk" he says compared to the assault landings on Saipan, Tenian, and especially Iwo Jima.

Seven thousand American soldiers lost their lives on Iwo Jima and there were twenty-six thousand casualties. Most of the twenty two thousand Japanese on the island fought to their deaths.

J.N. Goodwin survived Iwo Jima and the other three assualt landings. On Iwo Jima, in the midst of battle and confusion, he even was able to locate his brother Clyde fighting in another company. The Goodwin brothers survived the battle of Iwo Jima, and when the flag of victory was raised, they and others like them, became a part of history.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting jhallmark@kltv.com

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