His true love, he claimed, was Jimmie Trimble, a boy he had known at prep school who died fighting at the Battle of Iwo Jima.
"Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" lost money.
The fight for Iwo Jima in Part 8, co-directed by David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa, is fought on black sands and volcanic ash.
In February of 1945, Trimble shipped out with the invasion force for Iwo Jima.
Note: The battle has been immortalized by a famous photograph and a sculpture based on the photograph of half a dozen Marines raising the flag of the United States on a summit on Iwo Jima.