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Triangle in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

CO - Major John Antonelli

XO/CO - Major Gerald Russell

— First 2/27 KIA at Iwo Jima PFC John "Hoopy" Fulton —

CO - Major John Antonelli Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
1. CO - Major John Antonelli Marker
Inscription.  On February 19, 1945, 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines joined the first wave of Marines to land at Iwo Jima. Many, including PFC John "Hoopy" Fulton, never made it beyond the beach that first day. The enemy zealously defended against the first landing on actual Japanese soil. Marines endured brutal terrain, stockpiled arsenals and Japanese soldiers in underground shelters. Over the course of the 35 day battle, Marines often came under fire 24 hours a day. Some days no advance was made, while on other days they would gain as much as 300 yards. On March 9, 1945 the battalion Executive Officer, Major Gerald F. Russell, took command of the battalion when Major John W. Antonelli was wounded. Major Russell himself had been wounded just days earlier but refused evacuation. In the end, the Japanese could not withstand the fury of the attack of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines. It was the courage and tenacity of the individual Marines who raised the American Flag on Mt. Suribachi and defeated the Japanese. Of the 943 members of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines who landed on the island, only 594 left the island with their unit. 316 Purple Hears were awarded
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to those wounded or killed in action. More than 23,000 Marines and Sailors were casualties at the end of the battle.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1945.
Location. 38° 32.491′ N, 77° 20.558′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marine Corps Mustang Association (here, next to this marker); Bravo Company (here, next to this marker); 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (here, next to this marker); "Freedoms Flying Memorial" (here, next to this marker); Marine Corps Musicians Association (here, next to this marker); November Company (here, next to this marker); The Basic School, Class 5-69 (here, next to this marker); 263 Squadron (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 5 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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