Kentuckiana's Greatest Generation - Norman Gerkins

Enlisted in the Marine Corps and left for duty March 2, 1944.

Landed on Iwa Jima February 19, 1945.

Wounded in combat at the Battle of Iwo Jima February 25, 1945. Lost sight in one eye (eye put out by shrapnel).

Received the Purple Heart Medal for combat.

Shipped by medical ship to Saigon, then by a converted aircraft carrier to Oakland, CA Naval hospital.

Was offered the option to stay in the military as a guard or go home and chose to go home.