BAR on the Beach Statue

BAR on the Beach Statue at Quantico, Virginia

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A statue honoring the 5th Marine Division and all who fought on Iwo Jima stands in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the Marine Corps Heritage Center in Quantico.

The project of producing the statue spanned five years and took an enormous amount of work in planning, coordinating, and fundraising to bring about its completion. This task was credited to an ad hoc committee of the 5th Marine Division Association, lead by John Huffhines, Ivan Hammond, and Bert Clayton.  It was dedicated in February 2011 to the forever legacy of the Spearhead Division.

 The statue is based on a Charles Waterhouse painting. Waterhouse, a young PFC on Iwo, witnessed a Marine rifleman rise up with his BAR firing from the shoulder to silence a Japanese machine gun nest. The scene was forever etched in Waterhouse’s memory.

At the Dedication Ceremony

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Past Fifth Marine Division Association president Ivan Hammond, left of wreath, speaking at the dedication ceremony and pointing back at past Association president John Huffhines, right of wreath, who initiated the BAR on the Beach statue.