(See A. P. Rems, pp. 44-51, February 2009 Naval History)
Colonel Charles A. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Since visiting Iwo Jima for the 50th anniversary commemoration in 1995, I have studied the battle exhaustively, including interviewing veterans and accumulating battalion and regimental after-action reports.
The correct title for Lieutenant General H. M. Smith, identified in the article as the "supreme Marine Corps commander in the Pacific," was "Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific." For Iwo it was "Commanding General, Expeditionary Troops."
The article states that Smith's autobiography, Coral and Brass, says "nothing" about Smith's refusal to land the 3d Marines and omits "mentioning his refusal to employ" the regiment. On page 266, Smith does mention his decision: "I put in the entire Third Division, less the 3rd Regiment, which I kept in Reserve." What was omitted was a detailed, satisfactory explanation for his decision.