Friends On Iwo Jima - 1945

Bob Price, native of Lynn, Indiana, and Richard Bible, native of New Richmond, Indiana, were stationed on Iwo Jima in 1945 after shipping out from Dale Mabry Air Force Base in Tallahassee, Florida. The two men became fast friends and shared a unique experience as United States Air Force servicemen during WWII.

Price was an ordinance officer during WWII, which meant he searched for and collected undetonated artillary and disposed of it. He stayed on with the USAF after the war ended and now lives in San Diego, California, with his wife Katie. (This video is also shown at the San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park.) Richard Bible was the recreations director for his company on Iwo Jima because of his background in sports. (He set a couple of records in track and field as a student athlete at Butler University.) After his service on Iwo Jima he returned home to New Richmond, married Edith Collins, and became a high school basketball coach and father to two girls.

Because this film was 16mm, it was vulnerable to deterioration over time. Bob Price brought the film to the University of San Diego, where it was transferred via projector onto a VHS tape. He then voiced narration to accompany the images, and his wife Katie added the instrumental soundtrack.

Special thanks to Bob and Katie Price for their assistance and for permission to present this video. Also, thanks to Richard Bible, now deceased, for his service in WWII. Thank you to Alice Hartman and Mary Carnes, daughters of Richard Bible, and to Edith Bible, for taking care of this video and passing it on.

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