|D-Day, Iwo Jima, Haberthier saw it all|
|Written by Chandra L. Mattingly|
|Wednesday, September 05, 2012 7:45 PM|
From Omaha Beach to Okinawa, John Haberthier Jr., Bright, served in and witnessed enough of World War II to leave him with nightmares.
He remembers seeing entire landing crafts of soldiers sunk and drowned in the D-Day Normandy landing in France; tossing hot ammunition from his battleship after the ship was hit by German shore guns; seeing the American flag raised over Iwo Jima – twice; and spending nearly two months battened down in a small room due to Japanese plane strikes at Okinawa, he said.The Navy veteran was honored along with fellow Bright resident Army veteran Robert Estes for their service Saturday, Aug. 19, at the A Roar of Thunder Regatta in Aurora, in a program coordinated by the Southeast Indiana Korean War Veterans. For Estes' account of the war, see the Tuesday, Sept. 4, Journal-Press.
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