Local Veterans Attend Screening Of Historical Military Movie

Donn Lewin
Donn Lewin

By Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - Local Marines and Iwo Jima veterans are among those attended a screening of the new movie "Flags of our Fathers".

The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and depicts the battles of the Pacific which led to the US victory in World War II.

Many of these Kaneohe Marines are veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And they're anxious to see the historical film about the hard fought battles to conquer Iwo Jima.

Marine Marc Cilley says, "I know in this battle a lot of good men were lost and it plays an important part in our history."

Fellow Marine Christpher Olinger adds, "Japan said with the amount of men they had on the island said it could never be taken, yet the Marine Corp did it in a couple of weeks."

At 80 years-old Donn Lewin is one of those Marines.

"I would do it all over again tomorrow, the only thing I wouldn't want to do is bury all the guys I buried. 12 men under me, by the time we were through only 3 of us left."

As an 18 year-old Platoon Sergeant he was surrouned by the horrors of war, "There were 7 thousand killed and over 19 thousand wounded that's a lot of men."

Lewin survived and watched as fellow Marines raised our flag. "I was about halfway down the mountain when they put the flag up I watched them put it up."