Iwo Jima

Flying Ash Cans

A number of times during the first half of the battle, the Japanese launched a huge highly visible and highly audible object in its flight from its defense positions to the North.

We called these rockets "flying ash cans". Some hit in our area or in other Divisions area but a number kept going South past the island. These errant "ash cans" can be said to have been the only "amusing" incidents of the operation