Gilbert Kelver Klaes

Marine Writes of Iwo Jima Invasion
Gilbert Kelver Klaes, Chief Pharmacist Mate, United States Navy, is now serving with the Fifth Marine Division on Iwo Jima. 

He enlisted in the Navy in November 1940 and transferred to the Marines in November 1943. He is in the Medical Corps. 

The following letter was written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klaes, 1402 Omaha Street, from Iwo Jima on February 26. 

"Just a few lines to let you know I'm O.K. D-Day was the 19. We were supposed to go in on D + 1 but did not come here until D + 4, which did not make me mad at all. 

"I'm writing this in my fox hole. When those mortar shells are bursting around, and they really have, too, the fox hole is a wonderful place, believe me. The first two days we were here, we had a lot of sniper and mortar fire all through the day. At night, I witnessed an air attack and our repelling barrage. Very beautiful, but I don't care for another.

"I'm fine and have not been hurt. I really have prayed hard on the first two nights. Everyone was scared, too. It is getting very dark now so will close. 

"The shelling over the hill is terrific as I am writing. I can't see now, too dark."