Monday, Feb. 19, 1945
Yanks have landed at Iwo Jima, blares the newspaper headline. Admiral Nimitz reported that thousands of marines in Major General Harry Schmidt’s 5th Marine Corps “are taking Iwo islands.” We’ve got a beachhead two and a half miles long and 500 yards deep on the southeast coast. There’s good news, too, from Europe: the Red Army has freed our soldiers in Nazi prisoner-of-war camps, including up to 400 officers. It feels as if the pace of the war is picking up, gaining momentum after the long slogs and the stalemates in the Battle of the Bulge. But it’s not over yet, Daddy cautions.