Service & Sacrifice: Surviving Iwo Jima

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Mr. Frank Pryor is a veteran of one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history. He spent twenty-three days in the fight on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II.

He was motivated to join the miltary after the Pearl Harbor attack and picked the Marines so he would be sent right away to the front line.

After serving on Iwo Jima and surviving the carnage on that small island, Mr. Pryor then spend nine months in Japan for the occupation. He returned to the states, left the Marines and attended college.

In addition to our on camera interview about his service Mr. Pryor took time to answer the following 10 questions that offer a closer look at his life and his service..

1. What one person influenced you most in life?
My dad. He was a good role model. He taught me how to be mechanical and I always admired him.

2. Do you feel honored and respected for serving your country?
Yes. People often come up and thank me and I always appreciate it.

3. How can people thank you for your service?
A handshake and a thank you means the most.

4. How do you honor your fellow service men and women?
I try to thank them whenever I see them. I shake their hand and thank them for serving.

5. How do you think this generation of service men and women is different or similar to yours?
I think that the younger generation is much smarter. They are well trained and I admire the skills they have and are learning in the military.

6. What influence did your military service have on the rest of your life?
It helped give me an education. That was probably the most important thing I took away from the service. I was able to get a four year degree from Oklahoma State University.

7. Does your family have a history of military service?
No. My two siblings did not serve.

8. Would you encourage younger generations in your family to join the service?
I don't have that opportunity now but I would certainly encourage young people to join the service. They can learn a lot in the military and receive that same benefit of receiving a college education after their service.

9. How has your opinion of war changed?
I wish there was no war. If we lived the way Jesus wants us to lead our lives it wouldn't be necessary. If people loved their neighbors as they love themselves or their families we wouldn't need war.

10. How did your military experience shape your faith?
It strengthened my faith. I prayed everyday I was on Iwo Jima that I would survive and by the grace of God I did survive.

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