Surviving Iwo Jima

History | In a bloody Pacific battle, Fred Castillo evaded shelling but left with emotional scars
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/10/20, 11:36 am

Second in a series on war veterans

The 19-year-old Marine dug through volcanic black beach sand, carving out a foxhole to protect himself from a terrifying barrage of Japanese artillery. He abandoned his rifle when its muzzle embedded in the choking sand, rendering it useless, and picked up another from a nearby dead infantryman. His most pressing thought: survival.

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The path to civil war

History | Blessed are the peacemakers
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 10:56 am

In this column over the past three decades I’ve mentioned five times a novel of warning, José Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God. Sadly, it’s out of print: Since my last recommendation I’ve learned the least expensive used copy you can buy costs $64, which is steep even for 997 pages. So, as a public service, here are key quotations from the book set in 1931-1936 Spain, as that country polarized its way to a civil war.

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Remembering a sometimes harsh grandfather

Family | Thanks and honor due on National Grandparents Day
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/27/20, 02:55 pm

The first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day, which has its own official flower: the forget-me-not. If your grandparents are still alive, have you thanked them? If they’re deceased, do you honor them?

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