102 - Year - Old Goes To Benefit For The War Dead On Iwojima



102-year-old goes to benefit for the war dead on Iwojima

Japan and the United States held a joint dedication benefit March 25 on Iwojima island for the almost 30,000 individuals executed in furious battling there amid World War II.

About 300 individuals, including war veterans, deprived relatives and government authorities, attended.



One of the members was Iwaichi Toyoshima, a 102-year-old previous Japanese armed force fighter, who made the outing from his home in Yokohama.

It was his first visit to the island since he went to a remembrance program completed by the Tokyo metropolitan government around 35 years ago.

"I had imagined that I needed to visit Iwojima once more. I am extremely glad now in light of the fact that my fantasy came true," he said.

In April 1944, Toyoshima was sent to Iwojima, a little island of around 20 square kilometers that lies far south of Tokyo.

When U.S. air assaults and maritime bombardments were increasing in December that year, Toyoshima was injured in the leg from a bomb.

"I would not like to wind up noticeably a weight (for other Japanese officers) so I chose to kill myself with a hand grenade," he recalled.

However, his unrivaled let him know: "If U.S. powers arrive (on this island), every one of us will pass on. Return (to the place where you grew up) and get restorative treatment."

After he cleared out the island, U.S. strengths arrived on Iwojima in February 1945, with numbers and gear better than those of the Japanese forces.

But Japanese troopers industriously battled once again from underground shelters burrowed all through the island.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is as yet occupied with a program to recover the skeletal stays of more than 10,000 warriors on the island.

"I trust that those remaining parts will be come back to their families as right on time as possible," Toyoshima said.

The Iwojima relationship of both nations mutually held the March 25 dedication service.

"Such wild battling is uncommon in war history," said Tetsuro Teramoto, director of the Japanese affiliation. "But lately, eras have changed, and I regret that recollections of the battling are slowly wilting. We have an obligation and obligation to pass on the battling to future generations."

Norman Smith, administrator of the U.S. affiliation, said Japan and the United States, from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, ought to regard and find out about the boldness of Japanese and U.S. troopers like never before before.