Colorado Marine who fought at Iwo Jima honored at White House
WASHINGTON — A World War II Marine from Colorado was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation at the White House Thursday.
Jim Blane, 95, of Aurora, was lauded for his service in the Pacific.
“Cpl. James Blane was wounded in action at the famous Battle of Iwo Jima, and that was a battle,” President Donald Trump said.
“Thank you James. A real hero. We’re honored by your presence,” Trump added.
Blane is an ambassador for The Greatest Generations Foundation, a charity started in Denver that returns war heroes to the battlefields where they served all over the world.
Blane was injured at Iwo Jima 74 years ago and spent years battling the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. He attends a weekly PTSD support group in Denver.
Watch President Trump’s remarks about Blane here: