World Affairs Discussion remembers the Battle of Iwo Jima

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bill Hudson, the speaker for Thursday evening’s film and discussion, will not be able to attend.

The film will be presented as originally planned and former CIR board member, Wayne Hardie, will lead the discussion.

Film: “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima”

BIll Hudson today - cropped

Will be screened on the 70th Anniversary of the Start of the Battle

Former CIR board member, Wayne Hardie, will lead the discussion after the film.

Location: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

Cost: $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members & Guests*

Bill Hudson B&W photo
*Military veterans, active-duty military personnel, and students  are welcome to attend this event for free.

February 19, 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the American forces’ landing on Iwo Jima.  The World Affairs Discussion Committee is having a special program to commemorate that historic battle and all those who fought and all those who were lost.  Bill Hudson, an Iwo Jima Marine Corps veteran of the battle, was originally to lead a discussion after the film.  Unfortunately, Bill will not be able to attend as originally planned.  Former CIR board member, Wayne Hardie, will be leading the discussion.

A video will be shown, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel. This video includes interviews with Bill Hudson, and has not been aired publicly on television in the United States.  After the viewing, Wayne Hardie, former CIR board member will lead a discussion with the audience.  Those of us who have seen this program in the past (he gives this program at least once per year in Los Alamos to a packed house) have found it to be very powerful, educational, and moving.

Bill Hudson earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions during the infamous battle where 6,841 Marines were killed and another 20,000 were wounded.

The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines, by their individual and collective courage, have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat.  By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.  -Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Bill was born in New York City.  He survived the streets of the city for 18 years.  In 1943, after graduating from high school, he joined the US Marine Corps.  He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for action on Iwo Jima.  After WWII he received BS and MA degrees in health and physical education from New York University.  He is a longtime Los Alamos resident, retired educator, and former Los Alamos High School swimming and cross country coach.  He has competed at the local, state, and national level in Senior Olympics in swimming, track and field, triathlon, and weightlifting and has completed five regular marathons and several ultra-marathons.  He was chosen as a Los Alamos Living Treasure in 2005, and was recently inducted to the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  Bill says “I will be 90 years old on my next birthday.  I am in reasonably good health and can still read, write, speak, and THINK and I am grateful for all that life has given me.”