Blackfive has a post up on the flag raising that occurred 62 years ago today.
Dad was a Marine during WWII. He never talked about what he did or saw. When I was young his Marine buddies would drop by and talk for a bit - usually in the garage. If I wandered out there to see what was going on they would get quiet as soon as I entered and start back up after I left. I guess it was something that only those who experienced it could share.
For all that you have done and all that you do -
Semper Gratus Marines