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WWII vet watches Iwo Jima movie at Regency

FALLBROOK – A special showing of the 2001 A&E documentary "Heroes of Iwo Jima" was recently held at Regency Fallbrook Assisted Living Facility. The event was made particularly meaningful by the attendance of Regency resident Carlo Romano, 98 year old veteran of the 5th Marine Division which fought in that epic battle.

For the residents, it was both an inspiring and a humbling experience, witnessing the heroism of the young Marines as they fought against an enemy, dug into an underground tunnel system, who preferred fighting to the death to surrendering. The documentary covered, in detail, the flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi. and all the fighting that followed until the island was secured. The Marines suffered one-third of their casualties in WWII during the battle of Iwo Jima.

Romano said that he appreciated having had the opportunity to view "Heroes of Iwo Jima." His career as a Marine began in 1942 when he enlisted after completing his sophomore year in high school. When the war was over, he completed his high school education and remained in the Reserves in civilian life.

A few years later he was offered the opportunity to reenlist for active service as a commissioned officer. Romano accepted the offer and subsequently saw action in Korea and Vietnam. He served until 1978, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Submitted by Regency Fallbrook Assisted Living Facility.


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