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Mean Machines
12-MAR-2003 Helen Betts

Mean Machines
by Helen Betts

Iwo Jima, Japan

This one requires a bit of explanation. We were invited to the annual ceremony commemorating the victims of the Battle of Iwo Jima, in which there were horrific losses on both sides. These Humvees were the transportation around the island for the ranking Marine general in attendance and for my husband, who was US Consul General in Okinawa at the time. It was quite a moving day, and I feel fortunate to have been included. For images of Iwo Jima, go to

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Jo/Geetwee 10-Dec-2008 06:55
Thanks for the link Helen. I knew the flag raising photo but not the island where it was taken. Nice shot of these "toys for boys".
Helen Betts10-Dec-2008 06:06
Thanks, Bottles! I had never been in one of these things before, and it was quite an experience. The worst part was all the dust trying to infiltrate my trusty 707!
bottles09-Dec-2008 18:57
Nice shot of these rugged looking "Mean Machines" Helen; interesting story behind them as well. Great entry for the challenge!