Editor’s note: Today, Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day. The following article is in honor/memory of the countless men and women in Tennessee and around our nation who served their country in the military.
By Lonnie Wilkey
Baptist and Reflector
HERMITAGE — Robert “Bob” DePriest of Nashville had no idea when he joined the Navy in 1943 that he would witness one of the most significant events in United States military history.
Two years later, DePriest was on the island of Iwo Jima during one of the major battles of World War II.
DePriest, who was assigned to the Marines as a Navy medical corpsman, watched from afar as six Marines raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi. A copy of the iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal that day is still displayed proudly in the DePriest home in Hermitage 74 years later. [Read more…]