My dad fought for the 5th Marine Division at Iwo Jima, as a sargeant and radioman with Air Liaison, or joint assault signal corps.
Currently, my dad is writing his story, and has chosen most of his photos for a book - but there is one more photo we need.
There was a story that Ira Hayes, one of the flag raisers at Iwo, witnessed a marine who returned from battle with what looked like a miniature rocket stuck in his arm, with fins on the back.
When the corpsman reached for this round, Ira Hayes slapped the corpsman’s hand away, and very, very slowly removed it from the marine’s arm. After removing this strange looking round, Ira gently threw it over a nearby rock (or cliff); when the round hit, it exploded.
There was one other story about these mysterious Japanese rounds, related to fighting in the bloody gorge. Sometime after Shepard had been relieved of his command, another of the marines returned with one of these small rocket rounds stuck in his shoulder, I think.
Can anyone help us locate photos of the weapon that fired these small rounds, and photos of the rounds themselves? Someone suggested these rounds came from small mortars.
Stumped in Texas