"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years."
-- James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy; 23 February 1945 (the flag-raising on Iwo Jima had been immortalized in a photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal)
Good Mourning Widows. Joy to you and me.
Today we welcome famous widow Jenny Tomchek wife of famous World War II Iwo Jima Marine Corps veteran Edward Tomchek, aka, Walter Tomchek, to our joy-ous club.
That's right Widows, the club nobody *in their right mind* wants to joy-n.
Corporal Tomchek "seldom spoke about his World War II experiences," but he served in the 4th Division Fox Company and was a machine gun crewman, an automatic rifleman and a sharpshooter.
"He was one of the few servicemen who survived the first wave of the assault on Iowa Jima and received a Purple Heart and several other medals."
Edward Tomchek was 84 years old. He died March 13, 2007.
Said his daughter Terry Berlingo, "He was a proud Marine."
Jenny has her daughter and one son and several grandchildren to see her through her mourning joy. We wish her well.
"It is the freedom, it is the challenge, both physical and mental, and the ability to go into places that no human has ever been." --David Jones
Q: Why did the boy blush?
A: He saw the salad dressing.
After we remember Him, fingerhug your pen. Write something. Go ahead. I dare you.
Have a joy-filled day Widows. And remember, we're not alone.