Iwo Jima flag-raiser Ray Jacobs, RIP

posted at 4:20 pm on January 31, 2008 by Bryan

He was a Marine and a hero and one of the original Iwo Jima flag-raisers. He was Private First Class Ray Jacobs, and he passed away today.

(h/t NROC)

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Rest In Peace valiant warrior!

omnipotent on January 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

God still makes great men and women like him…..just not politicans on the left to honor and support them.

azcop on January 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Iwo Jima. What a bloody h3ll hole. Good thing the modern day MSM wasn’t around back then or we would all be speaking Japanese.

Thank you, marine. R.I.P.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Just read the first link; amazing stuff!

RIP, PFC Jacobs.

Frozen Tex on January 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Semper Fi!

Mazztek on January 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Rest in peace, Mr. Jacobs. We shall miss you!

Vanceone on January 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Godspeed PFC Jacobs.

Sue on January 31, 2008 at 4:33 PM

“they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.”

MarkoMancuso on January 31, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Your post awaits, the pearly gates
Semper Fidelis. Fortes fortuna iuvat.

ColdBore76 on January 31, 2008 at 4:53 PM

That is an American.

D2Boston on January 31, 2008 at 4:58 PM

A True American. A Great American. A Patriotic American.

May God watch over his family.

madmonkphotog on January 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Semper Fi!

BlackCapitalist on January 31, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Our greatest generation is dying off! Those men and women understood what it mean to be in a war… To sacrifice for one’s country. The Lord be with that Marine and all our military!

cattekc on January 31, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Rest In Peace PFC Raymond Jacobs. Thank you and God Bless you, your family and our Country.

Buttercup on January 31, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Just a note:

My dad was a Navy corpsman on Iwo. He was only 19. Prior to that, he was with the Marines at the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Leyte and Luzon. On Iwo alone, over 800 corpsmen were killed or wounded. Some Division and Battalion casualties – for corpsmen on Iwo – exceeded 60%. 4 corpsmen were awarded the Medal of Honor on Iwo.

This is just a reminder that the taking of Iwo, or of any other island in the Pacific, included the sacrifices of Navy corpsmen – as any Marine will tell you.

Sometimes, I think that this is forgotten.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 31, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Hero.

davidk on January 31, 2008 at 6:06 PM

OSU, trust me; they are fondly remembered by the people who really count: the Marines themselves.

michaelo on January 31, 2008 at 6:10 PM

RIP

Too bad he passed on a day when there’s more important news to highlight with headlines: Britney’s in the hospital

Actually, he’s probably finally at peace since he passed before he had to read that headline.

thanks pfc

scottm on January 31, 2008 at 6:16 PM

May God grant him rest…

Tim Burton on January 31, 2008 at 6:57 PM

Thank you for throwing in a story that makes it clear why all the Presidential food fighting matters!

The fame of Iwo Jima flag raising aside, Mr. Jacobs was just 21 when he was part of that operation.

Imagine living all these years after one’s youth with those experiences shaping your world view. The WWII generation is awesome. I deliberately did not use the term “greatest.” Brokaw spoke too soon. Our current military operations are creating just as awesome a generation of young men and women who will have the rest of their lives colored by what they are doing now in Iraq and Afghanistan.

God Bless Ray Jacobs and Godspeed to our current troops. You all are awesome beyond words.

highhopes on January 31, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I’m serious,weird how last night I was cruising u-tube
and checking out Iwo Jima vids,watching US soldiers unload
men and gear on the beach and knowing sh!t was about to hit the fan.All of the Japanese held islands had a different
strategy for attacking US marines,but Iwo Jima,raising the
American flag is the most memorable.

For those that remember and know of the American Japanese
island hopping closer to Japan by the American Forces,
would be good in a educational sense if you can gut it.

I’m not going to compare or trivilize the War on Terror,
but Islamofachists are absolutely gutless and cowards in
comparison to the Japanes soldier of(World War Two,in that
context).The Japanese was a visicous enemy who didn’t hide
behind woman and children.

Ray Jacobs,a great soldier,an American hero,We Salute sir!

canopfor on January 31, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Thank you sir.

BL@KBIRD on January 31, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Just a note:

My dad was a Navy corpsman on Iwo. He was only 19. Prior to that, he was with the Marines at the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Leyte and Luzon. On Iwo alone, over 800 corpsmen were killed or wounded. Some Division and Battalion casualties – for corpsmen on Iwo – exceeded 60%. 4 corpsmen were awarded the Medal of Honor on Iwo.

This is just a reminder that the taking of Iwo, or of any other island in the Pacific, included the sacrifices of Navy corpsmen – as any Marine will tell you.

Sometimes, I think that this is forgotten.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 31, 2008 at 5:52 PM

My father was one of those corpsmen, also. Thank you for recognizing their sacrifices; to a man, every Marine I have ever spoken with considered their “docs” fellow Marines in every way.

Semper Fi, and God bless your father and your family.

May PFC Jacobs rest in peace.

capitalist piglet on January 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Thank you sir.

BL@KBIRD on January 31, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Indeed. Thank you for your service to our country, and may you Rest In Peace.

eanax on January 31, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Rest in peace, Mr. Jacobs. Semper Fi!

xplodeit on January 31, 2008 at 11:56 PM

In a climate today where we have double-talking so-called conservatives like McCain and power-hungry liberals like Clinton, it is good to be reminded of the good and great deeds that real heroes like Pvt Jacobs did in the name of freedom.

Rest in peace Ray Jacobs. Your fellow brothers in arms that went before you have called you home.

pilamaye on February 1, 2008 at 8:07 AM

God bless Mr. Jacobs and his family.

hollygolightly on February 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Oorah Marine! Semper Fi, Carry on.

Alden Pyle on February 1, 2008 at 8:38 AM

RIP.

NeoconNews.com on February 1, 2008 at 8:52 AM

“…Marines on the ground, still engaged in combat, raised a spontaneous yell when they saw the flag. Screaming and cheering so loud and prolonged that we could hear it quite clearly on top of Suribachi…”

This gives me goosebumps. RIP American Hero.

Geronimo on February 1, 2008 at 8:54 AM

God bless him and his family. RIP.

HotAirExpert on February 1, 2008 at 10:25 AM

RIP citizen warrior

SEMPER FI

pueblo1032 on February 1, 2008 at 12:54 PM