ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Leighton Willhite of Rockville survived the Battle of Iwo Jima as a tank driver, and he says there times where he thought he’d never get off the island. But after more than a month of fighting, the USMC finally secured the island and Willhite could leave.
During the middle of 1945, Willhite prepared for the anticipated invasion of Japan; however, in August, the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Willhite was then reassigned as an MP and his job involved guard duty in Hiroshima.