Sands of Iwo Jima

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10th, 2012 by Dave

As I learn more about World War ll, and particularly about the War in the Pacific, I become more interested in anything tangible from the battles that were fought there. In fact, that whole period is becoming more real to me – although I find it impossible to put myself in the place of the 19 and 20 year olds who a year before being thrust into battle were going to highschool and tending the family hardware store…

So about a week ago, Dick Updaw, my film subject for Captain, showed up at my door and handed me an object wrapped in tissue paper. I opened it and beheld a vial of blackish, gritty sand which Dick informed me was volcanic ash from the beaches of Iwo Jima. Dick brought back a quantity of this sand when he made his journey there to learn more about the life and death of Cpl. Robert F. Hodes. I now have the jar on my desk where I do my video editing for Captain…

A Beautiful Letter to the Mother of Robert F.Hodes…

Posted in Captain, Documentary on March 1st, 2012 by Dave

 

This is an exerpt of a  a letter of condolence which was sent to Ella Margaret  Hodes on the death of her son in combat on Iwo Jima in 1945. The letter was sent by the Mother of a family on Maui that Corporal Hodes  formed a strong relationship with in the months before his death. I’m not sure of the mother’s first name as I read the handwritten letter. It’s either Mildred or Hildred… nonetheless, I’ve never read a more  beautiful expression of condolence.

Italics are mine…

…”Closing, and in thinking of Bob, it has helped us to remember that our beloved dead are the only ones of all our family circle who are constantly with us, since time and space no longer have power over their spirits. We again send you and the family our love and assure you out of our own experience that God is merciful and that time heals the first unbearable sharpness, leaving always the tenderness of the grief to deepen and sweeten our lives.

With profound sympathy,

Johnny, Mom and M(H)ildred