A World War Two veteran on the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana flight in October, was at Iwo Jima when the iconic flag was raised.
Allen Akins was about 20 years old when he was a Marine serving in the Pacific. Seeing the Iwo Jima memorial in D.C. brought memories flooding back.
“I had made two invasions before Iwo Jima and I thought I’d never be home again. I gave up the idea of coming back alive, but then I saw that flag being raised and I turned to my friends and said it looks like we’ve got a chance of getting back home,” Akins remembered. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the flag at Iwo Jima and all the people who gave their lives. There were so many of them. I think of how they fought and gave their lives for our freedom – young Marines who were proud to be there and I’m still a Marine today.”
Akins did come home and he married Camille in 1949. She also served in World War Two and rose to the rank of Sergeant.
Camille just passed away last month at the age of 95. The two had four children, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.