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Saturday, January 26, 2008

SEARCHING FOR PRIVATE CUSIMANO - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY VETERAN

Clipping from Mexico Ledger Newspaper - 1945 - Invasion of Iwo Jima - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Many San Fernando Valley servicemen took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II. Your Museum collects and preserves their histories.
By 1945, America was strong enough in the South Pacific that news was coming out war zones with greater frequency and less censorship. Families across America followed the participation of their sons and daughters on the battlefield. Many, like Dorothy Fetterhoff kept scrapbooks (now rapidly disintegrating due to age and acid saturated newsprint). Dorothy saved this clipping from the Mexico Ledger Newspaper on February 20, 1945.
Among the US. Marines on Iwo Jima were two young Marines both about 20 years old. One, Private Jimmie Fecht's story and artifacts are being processed and reported regularly on this blog.
A second Marine, Private Anthony Cusimano witnessed with Jimmie the raising of the immortalized flag on Mount Suribachi. An account of Tony's time on Iwo Jima was the subject of an account in the Daily News some years ago. Unfortunately he too is now deceased. But, the Daily News carried his photograph in front of a Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima poster. Dr. Glenn Lawlor alerted us to Anthony Cusimano. We'd like to know more about him and his story.
War Cartoon by Dorman H. Smith - 1945 - Mexico Ledger