Spreading Freedom's Message
Updated: Apr 11, 2018
Seventy years after the battle of Iwo Jima former Marine Sgt. Bill Pasewark continues to urgently enlighten the public about the cost of freedom. His daughter Su Hess assists him during his presentations using memorabilia and a Power Point presentation to bring the history of our nation’s fight for freedom to the forefront of our current consciousness.
Bill was born in Mt. Vernon, NY and entered the service in 1943 in New York City. He wanted to go into the Army Air Corp but through a twist of fate (or an unscrupulous Marine Recruiter!) he wound up in the Marines. After basic training at Parris Island he headed for combat training in Hawaii. Next came a landing on Iwo Jima after the beachhead had been established.
As Bill stated, the Japanese were more “in the island than on the island” due to an elaborate 16 mile tunnel network which housed 22,000 enemy soldiers. His unit came under heavy mortar fire on the beach which kept coming closer. Not everyone made it to the water for safety. They had no time to help the wounded and that haunts him to this day. He and two others survived unscathed, which totally amazed them. While retrieving dead Marines, he came across a young Marine whose lips were pursed and seemed to say, “Keep moving forward.”