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Roy Cadenhead

Marine Corps

Roy A. Cadenhead was born in Georgia in June of 1924. As a child, he hunted on his family’s farm. He never suspected that his skills with a gun would serve him as he battled against enemy combatants on the far-away mountains of Iwo Jima. He enlisted in the Marines in June of 1943, leaving his family and new bride behind. Mr. Cadenhead reminisces about the sweet smell of machine gun artillery slicing through pineapples in a tropical grove, the shock of watching his comrades fall in battle on Iwo Jima, and how he came to terms with the fact that the Marines were training him to be a killer.

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