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From the "Santa Cruz Sentinel" (Santa
Cruz, California), Tuesday, 13 March 1945,
Marine Telephones Work on Iwo Jima
By Hamilton Faron
With the Fifth Marine Division, Iwo Jima,
Feb. 25 (Delayed) (AP)--A telephone system
comparable to that in the average town of
65,000 population in the United States grew
from nothing in the first five days ashore
on this little island in the Volcano group.
Signal corps men operating under
heavy artillery fire, harassed by snipers,
laid more than 700 miles of telephone lines.
Those lines, said Lieut. W. K.
Rogers, Jackson, Miss., reached so far into
the fighting areas that "we could talk with
the Japs if they would put their phones into
the switchboard." They did just that on some
occasions, but merely to eavesdrop or to
tangle American communications.
Nearly two score telephone exchanges and
more than 200 sub exchanges were tied in
with the two central switchboards.
Backstopping the telephonic communications
were scores of radio equipped jeeps, hand
radio set and other transmitters and
Maintenance was carried
out under fire by a staff under direction of
Tech. Sgt. John C. Wayne, Baltimore, Md.,
who told of some of his "men fighting
snipers and pillboxes to keep the wire in
One example of fighting to
lay lines is the story of Marine Pvt. Robert
P. Hann, Spokane, Wash. As told by Maj.
Howard M. Conner, Paterson, N.J.
"Hann," he related, "was assigned to laying
a line to the 28th marines at the foot of
Suribachi (extinct volcano that was one of
the most heavily fortified positions). He
picked up a BAR (Browning automatic rifle)
as did most of the linemen and started out.
Before he had gone far he ran into sniper
and machine gun fire. Hann dropped his line
and went to work with his rifle. He cleaned
out two groups of Japs [sic] then went ahead
and laid the line."
under the direction of Marine Gunner Hubert
Thomas, Knob Lick, Mo., also were praised by
Conner for their job in keeping "shot up"
sets in working condition.
big repair shop set up in dugouts while
shells still were falling all about, 126
sets were reconditioned and returned to
service during the first five days of the
Boosting morale of the
entire signal group, was "Tim," a black
Belgian shepherd dog. Tim has been used many
times to deliver messages to forward posts,
but his proudest accomplishment is laying
wire. A small harness has been devised which
permits him to carry a reel of light
"He's always calm
under fire now," said Conner, "and knows
when to jump into his own foxhole."
Tim also knows how to ferret out snipers if
they begin to harass his master, Cpl.
Charles F. Hablesreither, Santa Monica,