Joe Rosenthal
Why They Fought
Iwo Jima and “The Purest Democracy”

Marine chaplain Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn’s eulogy at Iwo Jima explained why we owe it to the dead to work to fulfill the promise of American values. A former adviser to the Commandant of the Marine Corps explains why the rabbi’s words are just as important today.

Published on: December 23, 2019
Donald Bishop, now retired from the Foreign Service, led U.S. public diplomacy in Bangladesh, Nigeria, China, and Afghanistan. In 2006-2008, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He is now the Bren Chair of Strategic Communication at Marine Corps University in Quantico.
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