The Battle of Iwo was one of the most savage conflicts of WWII, with roughly 7,000 men given their lives in the month-long conflict. An early victory over the Imperial Japanese forces at Iwo Jima was celebrated by erecting an American Flag on a hill in an image that has gone down in history. Recently it was learned that a pair of vandals in Fall River, Massachusetts targetted a WWII memorial commemorating the Iwo Jima victory.
The vandals emptied out a fire extinguisher on the statue of four American soldiers raising the American flag. Fortunately, a security camera caught them in the act and their fire extinguisher was found nearby with their fingerprints.
“Saturday morning they came over here, climbed up with a fire extinguisher and emptied it all on the side of the monument.”
– Bruce Aldrich (Commandant of the Marine League Lance Corporal John J. VanGyzen Detachment 1258)
What’s even worse is that this is not even the first time that the memorial has been vandalized, hence the installation of the security cameras. CBS Boston has acquired a film of the vandals caught in the act, which will hopefully lead to their arrest for disrespecting the heroes of World War II.