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Mesa Library to show heroes in action

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By Special to the Monitor

The video, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” as well as first hand-account of the battle by local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veteran, Bill Hudson, will be presented to the community at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Mesa Public Library, upstairs in the library meeting rooms.

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“Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” was produced by the Canadian History Channel and has not been publicly aired in the U.S. This showing will commemorate the 65th anniversary of that historic battle.

Hudson went back to Iwo Jima for a military reunion and was interviewed by the producers of the video. Hudson earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions during the infamous battle. He will comment about his personal experience between scenes from that operation where 6,841 Marines were killed and another 20,000 were wounded.

After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk about the military significance of that bloody battle, and answer questions from the audience.

Hudson is a longtime Los Alamos resident, retired educator and former Los Alamos High School swimming and cross country coach.