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Merrill Burroughs | Headquarters Battery, 206th Anti-Aircraft Battalion - Army

3:14   |   Just like with Saipan, the men getting ready to storm ashore at Iwo Jima were told the island had been softened up by bombing and shelling. It turned out to be deadly for Marines. Merrill Burroughs headed up an Army Anti-Aircraft unit attached to the Marines and he remembers that Japanese soldiers were everywhere. He still can't believe he wasn't hit when the bullets were "like rain."

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