Iwo Jima Speech

Iwo Jima Speech

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1. GAIN ATTENTION: (30sec PowerPoint Presentation) Good Morning Marines. My name is and your next period of instruction will be on the Island Iwo Jima

2. OVERVIEW: The purpose of this period of instruction is to give you a better understanding of the historical importance of Iwo Jima and the Flag raising that took place there.


     A.TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this period of instruction you will understand the historical importance of the island Iwo Jima and identify the names of the six Flag Raisers.

     B.ENABLING LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this class you will be able
1. To fully understand the historical importance of the Island of Iwo Jima
2. You will be able to identify the names of the six Flag Raisers

4. METHOD/MEDIA: This period of instruction will be taught by the lecture method with the aid of PowerPoint Presentation and handouts

5. EVALUATION: You will not be tested on this material, so please hold your questions until the end.

TRANSITION: Now that you are aware of the course syllabus, allow me to move into the historical importance of the island Iwo Jima.
6. BODY:
1. HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE: Iwo Jima was Japanese home soil only 650 miles from Tokyo. No foreign army in Japan's 5000 year history had fought on Japanese soil. To the US, Iwo Jima was important because of its location, midway between Japan and American bomber bases in the Marianas. Iwo Jima with its three airfields was an ideal location for fighter-escort stations and as a safe haven for damaged bombers.

TRANSITION: There are six men that standout from the rest, these men are known as the Flag Raisers.

1.     THE FLAG RAISING: Mount Suribachi is a 550 foot volcanic cone at the island’s southern tip. It dominates both possible-landing beaches, from this point Japanese gunners have every inch of the beaches covered. Every marine on the island was in range of Japanese guns.
2.     THE FLAG RAISERS: There were six flag raisers from the 28th Regiment, 5th Division.

a.     Sgt. Mike Strank was the Marine who led the other five safely to the top of Mount Suribachi. He also gave the order to find a pole and attach the flag and “put’er up!” Sgt. Strank died on March 1, 1945.

b.     Cpl. Harlon Block was Sgt. Strank’s second in command. He took over the leadership of his unit when Sgt. Strank was killed. Cpl. Block also died on March 1, 1945.

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c.     PFC Franklin Sousley was the last flag raiser to die on Iwo Jima. He died on March 21, 1945, at the age of 19.

d.     Cpl. Ira Hayes was Pima Indian. He was very reluctant to accept being an American hero because 5 men in his platoon of 45 survived. Cpl. Hayes died on January 24, 1955 in Bapchule, AZ.

e.     Cpl. Rene Gagnon was the youngest survivor and the Marine who carried the flag up Mount Suribachi. He was honored with a special room in New Hampshire’s prestigious Wright Museum. Cpl. Gagnon died on October 12, 1979 in Manchester, N.H.

f.     Pharmacist's Mate Second Class John “Doc” Bradley, was a Navy Corpsman who just jumped in to lend a hand in the raising of the flag. He won the Navy Cross for heroism and both of his legs were wounded. He was a very humble man and only gave one interview in his entire life. He said “People refer to us as heroes—I personally don’t look at it that way. I just think that I happened to be at a certain place at a certain time…” “Doc” Bradley died on January 11, 1994 in Antigo, WI.

TRANSITION: In conclusion, you now know the historical significance of the island Iwo Jima and the names of the six flag raisers on Mount Surabachi.

8. OPPORTUNITY FOR QUESTIONS: At this time are there any questions for me?
9. QUESTIONS FOR THE CLASS: Since there are no more questions for me, I have a few questions for you.
1.Q: What was the historical significance for Iwo Jima?
A: It was a midway point between Japan and American bomber bases in the Marianas.
2.Q: What is the location of Mount Surabachi?
A: Mount Suribachi is located at the island’s southern tip.
10. SUMMARY: During this period of instruction I covered the historical importance of Iwo Jima and the location of Mount Surabachi and the names of the six Flag Raisers. This concludes my period of instruction.

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