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CONTACTS
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BOB GASCHE
352-376-0402
bobmcl990@gmail.com
THE IWO TRIO
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On the first Tuesday of each month, at 11:030 AM, two Alachua County residents meet for lunch at Jason's Deli (6791 West Newberry Road at the Oaks Mall Plaza--the back room is located at the far wall on the right). The two World War II veterans, who call themselves the "IWO TRIO," represent two of the three US MARINE CORPS divisions that took part in the landings on Iwo Jima. Several other veterans of Iwo Jima--Navy and Marine--plus many support members attend these monthly gatherings. The lunch program can range from speakers discussing VA benefits to military maneuvers in the Pacific War. The public is invited. For more information about these monthly lunches, call Bob Gasche at 352-376-0402.

Clif Cormier of the 3rd Marine Division, Clair Chaffin of the 4th Marine Division, and Bob Gasche of the 5th Marine Division fought in the bloodiest battle in US Marine Corps history. Sadly, Clair was killed in June 2009 during an armed robbery attempt in South Carolina. In Clair's memory, the Iwo Trio decided to keep the "Iwo Trio"name.
Iwo Jima was the only battle in the Pacific where the American casualties exceeded that of the Japanese. Total casualties by the Americans exceeded 26,000, with the Marines suffering more than 23,000.

Iwo Jima means "sulfur Island" in Japanese. This battle was the first American amphibious assault on Japanese territory. Of the 22,000 Japanese who defended the island, only 212 were taken prisoner. This battle showed how far the Japanese would defend their country--a decision that was to influence the use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

To learn more about THE IWO TRIO and the battle for Iwo Jima, click on a name and links below.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Clif J. Cormier, Clair C. Chaffin, Bob Gasche
BATTLE FOR IWO JIMA
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BAND
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MARINE CORPS HYMN
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SCHEDULED MEETING
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CLIF J. CORMIER
BOB GASCHE
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LINKS
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TIME: 11:30 AM
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CLAIR C. CHAFFIN
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6791 West Newberry Rd
Gainesville, Florida 32605
352-333-6923
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CLICK ON JASON'S DELI LOGO
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Kathy Dow, Clif Cormier, Bob Gasche preparing to cut cake for the 66th anniversity of the Battle of Iwo Jima. This event was held at the Atrium February 1, 2011. The actual battle started on February 19, 1945.
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Bob Gasche is one of the founders of the Iwo Trio.
This picture was taken at the Atrium February 1, 2011.
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The men who fought in the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history.
From left to right: Lionel Capoldo, US Navy; John Finn, 5th Marine Division; Clif Cormier, 3rd Marine Division; Bud Shipbaugh, 3rd Marine Division; Bob Gasche, 5th Marine Division.
Photo was taken at Jason's Deli in Gainesville, Florida, February 7, 2012.
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Clif Cormier was guest speaker at the Iwo Trio luncheon February 7, 2012.
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