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WWII veteran prepares to return to Iwo Jima

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Later this month, a 90-year-old Iowa veteran will have the chance to return to the volcanic beaches of Iwo Jima where he fought with the Marines during World War II.

The Des Moines Register reports Frank Pontisso will be part of one of the final groups of veterans returning to the tiny Pacific island.

Pontisso says he wants to visit certain parts of the island, such as the spot where he say a friend killed or the place where his arm was injured.

Pontisso says he witnessed the historic flag raising on the island that became one of the war's most iconic images, but he also lost the lower part of his right arm to a mortar blast.

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