Memorial Day reminded me of two very special United States marines; John Moon, 96, of Macomb, and George Buck, 97, of Beardstown. They were both involved in the invasion of Iwo Jima, an 8-square mile island strategically located near Japan. The landing was February 24, 1945. The battle lasted approximately two months, during which 6,000 United States marines made the supreme sacrifice.
Staying physically fit is important to those who return to civilian life. John can still do 10 pushups, and he enjoys walking and riding his bicycle. George worked for the city of Beardstown removing the stumps of hazardous trees that had been cut down. He was still busy last fall. Ironically, he passed away February 24, the anniversary of the invasion of Iwo Jima.
Another United States marine who stays in top shape is Jeff Wingerter, employed by the United States Postal Service in Macomb,
Thank you, John, George and Jeff for your service to our country.
Roger L. Barclay