Thiele “Fred” Harvey, who fought within the battle of Iwo Jima, is taking part within the race with a group of marathoners — Dr. Glenn Paige, Chris Haley and Grasp Gunnery Sgt. Michael Lawrence — who plan to push Harvey throughout the end line.
Paige, who has run a number of Marine marathons, first met Harvey 4 years in the past. The 2 have talked each week since.
“We’re gonna run 26.2 miles and, hopefully, make him the oldest Marine to cross the end line in his customized, commemorative wheelchair that will likely be used sooner or later by disabled veterans for Marine Corps Marathons,” Paige mentioned.
The group raised $5,000 to construct the particular chair, embellished with photos of Harvey, his conflict medals and patches, and inscribed along with his identify.
As a result of coronavirus pandemic, this 12 months’s marathon went digital, so Harvey will race along with his buddies in Fredericksburg, Texas, ending on the Nationwide Museum of the Pacific Conflict.
“I’d have beloved to have completed with him on the Iwo Jima Memorial, however the subsequent smartest thing is his favourite museum right here in Fredericksburg,” Paige mentioned.
Harvey mentioned on the museum this summer time that he desires folks to recollect those that sacrificed their lives throughout World Conflict II.
“I can speak in regards to the conflict, and I’m going to speak about it as a lot as I can, as a result of I would like the folks to recollect these buddies of mine that paid with their lives for the life that we’ve right here within the U.S. right this moment,” he mentioned.
Harvey was a personal in the course of the fierce five-week battle in early 1945 towards dug-in Japanese forces at Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor in fight.
“When his three-man patrol which was despatched out to ascertain contact with the adjoining firm was ambushed by heavy hearth from an enemy machine gun and one of many males was significantly wounded, Personal First Class Harvey dragged the fallen Marine underneath heavy hearth to the shelter of a close-by gap,” his quotation says.
“Remaining with the wounded man whereas his companion went for help, he held off the hostile forces along with his rifle and hand grenades till the arrival of the rescue social gathering. Then, exposing himself to enemy hearth and directing correct heavy hearth on the Japanese place, he efficiently coated the evacuation of the casualty.”
The marathon this 12 months will likely be on the 75th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima, so the commemorative ending medal will comprise precise black sand collected on the island, in addition to filmstrip pictures of the enduring elevating of the flag by victorious Marines.