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3/11/05-Longview

Freedom Fighters: Milton Saxon

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the bloody battle of Iwo Jima. Milton Saxton was one of only three men in his platoon on Iwo Jima who wasn't killed or injured. Saxon was a Marine mortar man in the fifth wave of the U.S. landing on Iwo Jima, February 19th, 1945.

Although the island was only eight square miles in size, Iwo Jima was important to both America and Japan because of its strategic location between Taipan, Japan, and Guam. The battle for Iwo Jima is often described as "27 Days of Hell." American forces were overwhelming, but Japanese soldiers were able to hide in three miles of interlocking tunnels underground.

After heavy casualties on both sides, America was victorious. When the war was over, Milton Saxton completed his education and became a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Interim Superintendent for Longview Schools. But, as he says, "once a Marine, always a Marine", and he is proud to be a Marine who served his country.

Joan Hallmark, reporting.
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