Charles W. Lindberg was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota back in 1920. Shortly after the Japanese Navy attack on Pearl Harbor he joined the United States Marine Corps. After basic training he volunteered for the Marine Raiders. He saw combat on Guadalcanal and Bougainville.
In 1944, his unit was disbanded and he returned to Camp Pendleton, California for more training. He was assigned as a flamethrower operator, assigned to the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division. On 19, February 1945, he landed with the fifth assault wave on Iwo Jima. On 1, March 1945, he was wounded and evacuated off the island. For his actions he received the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He was discharged in 1946, working as an electrician for 39 years. He died in 2007, he was 86.
What you may not know about Cpl. Lindberg is that he was a member of the patrol that captured the top of Mount Suribachi where he helped raised the first U.S. flag on the island.
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