Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Sgt. Ernest I. ("Boots") Thomas, Jr. was born in Tampa, Florida, on
March 10, 1924.
His family moved to
Monticello when he was a child and he attended public school here.
Sgt. Thomas enlisted
in the U.S. Marines in 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.
A monument on US
Highway 90, West Washington Street, in Monticello memorializes
IN RECOGNITION OF
PLATOON SERGEANT ERNEST I. THOMAS, U.S.M.C.R.
WHO, ON FEBRUARY
23,1945, LED HIS PLATOON TO RAISE THE FIRST
FLAG ON IWO JIMA,
THE FIRST JAPANESE TERRITORY TAKEN IN WORLD
WAR II. ON MARCH
3rd, EIGHT DAYS AFTER THE FIRST FLAG RAISING
AND TEN DAYS AFTER
HE EARNED THE NAVY CROSS FOR HEROISM IN
ACTION, HE WAS
KILLED LEADING HIS MEN IN COMBAT.
MARCH 10, 1924 - MARCH 3, 1945
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