World War II Vet Jack Thurman shares his Iwo Jima storiesBy Jessica Benes Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

Posted by qmtroy on February 23, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Battle of Iwo Jima veteran U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jack Thurman talks Wednesday about an injury he suffered during the fight in 1945. This week marks the 69th anniversary of the key World War II battle. ( Matthew Jonas )

By Jessica Benes Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

Jack Thurman couldn't wait to join the Marine Corps during World War II.

He looked up to his Uncle Walter, a Marine during World War I, just like his children later looked up to him.

"From all the stories he told us, he said he tried to join when he was 15 or 16 but they wouldn't let him," said his daughter, Karen Thurman, a Loveland resident.

She recently looked after him as he convalesced at the Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown for a hip injury.

Sgt. Jack Thurman -- an 88-year-old man now living in Longmont -- enlisted on his 18th birthday, and his first and only conflict during his four years of active duty with the Marine Corps was the Battle at Iwo Jima.

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