0:30 - Interview Introduction

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Partial Transcript:Hello! Good morning. Is this Joe Simms?

Segment Synopsis: Colonel Kelly calls Joe Scannell Simms at his home. Joe Simms served with Company D, 2nd Battalion 27th Regiment 5th Marine Division at Iwo Jima.

Keywords: 27th Regiment; 2nd Battalion; 5th Marine Division; Browning Automatic Rifle; Company D; Iwo Jima(Japan)

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4:58 - Approaching Iwo Jima

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Partial Transcript:Joe, I'd like to begin as you approach Iwo Jima.

Segment Synopsis: Joe Simms describes a practice landing in Maui and approaching Iwo Jima for the invasion.

Keywords: air landings; Invasions; Iwo Jima(Japan); Maui (Hawaii.)

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21:36 - Landing on Iwo Jima

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Partial Transcript:As you were running up there, the battle noises itself, how much are you hearing here?

Segment Synopsis: He describes combat against the Japanese after landing at Iwo Jima.

Keywords: Combat; Iwo Jima (Japan)

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31:23 - Moving Across Iwo Jima

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Partial Transcript:About that time we were moving on across the island.

Segment Synopsis: He continues to talk about moving across the island of Iwo Jima and combat with the enemy. He also talks about losing a fellow soldier.

Keywords: Combat; Death; Iwo Jima(Japan); Japanese Troops

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45:29 - Fighting the Japanese

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Partial Transcript:Go head and turn north and start fighting.

Segment Synopsis: He recalls what took place as the soldiers tried to move north of Iwo Jima, losing a fellow soldier and developing mental toughness during wartime.

Keywords: Death; Iwo Jima(Japan); mental stability

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66:32 - Avoiding the Japanese

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Partial Transcript:I want to kind of pursue this thing just a little bit.

Segment Synopsis: He talks about guarding the line in complete darkness and trying to avoid being seen by the Japanese.

Keywords: Iwo Jima (Japan); Japanese Troops

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72:01 - D+8

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Partial Transcript:Let's kind of get to leading up to that injury.

Segment Synopsis: He recalls the events leading up to his injury. At that time they were trying to take over the Japanese airports and destroy their radar stations.

Keywords: D-Day; Iwo Jima (Japan); Japanese Airports; War Injuries

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88:48 - Wounded

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Partial Transcript:We were talking about your wound.

Segment Synopsis: He talks about the wound he received during combat and its being treated.

Keywords: Aid Stations; Iwo Jima (Japan); Medications; War Injuries

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119:20 - Hospitalization

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Partial Transcript:Some place along the line they put us in a truck.

Segment Synopsis: He recalls being hospitalized after being wounded and being evacuated from the island.

Keywords: Hospitals; Iwo Jima (Japan); Medications; war injuries

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136:23 - Raising the Flag

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Partial Transcript:Tell me about the instance when you got hit in your helmet there.

Segment Synopsis: He talks about a soldier, Michael Strank, who died after several days of raising the flag, and about combat.

Keywords: Combat; Iwo Jima (Japan); Michael Strank; Mt. Suribachi; Shootings

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149:45 - Most Frightening Experience

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Partial Transcript:Now, you were going to tell me about the most frightening experience. Tell me about that.

Segment Synopsis: Simms recalls his most frightening experience while fighting in Iwo Jima, and some of the horrific ways fellow soldiers died.

Keywords: Iwo Jima (Japan); Shootings

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164:56 - Family History, Education, and Veteran's Benefits

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Partial Transcript:Give me your names of your parents.

Segment Synopsis: He gives his family history and educational background. They also discuss veteran's benefits and another soldier named Chuck Bryan. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Children; Education; Family Members--Parents; Government Services; Higher Education; Louisville(Ky.); Siblings; University of Kentucky; Veteran pensions

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