Speaking of Texas: Harlon Block

 (Texas Highways, June 2004)

Upon graduating from Weslaco High in 1942, star football player Harlon Block, along with 12 other seniors from the team, enlisted in the Marine Corps. Three years later, Corporal Block climbed Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima as part of the team assigned to raise the Stars and Stripes, so that, as the squad’s leader put it, “every marine on this cruddy island can see it.”

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