WWII Vet Seeks to Clear His Name 69 Years After Surviving Iwo Jima

Dr. Thomas Smith, 90, says a military mix-up has him listed as having gone AWOL during the war.
1:47 | 06/27/14

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The runner up seasons in the minor on the whole -- all you want is this correct that's right. This nine year old marine veteran and Scotia supply -- -- not about medals but instead about identity. The story of doctor Thomas Smith junior goes back to the 1940s. -- killer who -- the very simple Smith Linda Edwards on the -- of tinian Saipan. And on the bloody -- hills of Iwo jima this photo shows him front and center he says the other men around him all died fighting. Think your body's location to pretty form. Birthday -- job. Do you consider yourself a hero. No. I figure. I'm not -- the reason that. These days confined disliking marine once a month -- enjoying lunch with friends and a dwindling number of -- -- here at the home front cafe an ultimatum. He's been working on his memoirs as part of his resurgent you requested his military records but when he arrived he says he didn't make any sense when. Had been recorded is going -- -- during the war. This is Thomas Jefferson Smith junior. -- -- To fix the mix up purity series of letters starting with the Marine Corps when senator Chuck Schumer -- going all the way to the president. -- -- -- Be kind enough to pass it on the someone who can removing my situation. We made some calls as well. To Schumer softness and the White House Press Office the guy's name is -- Thomas Smith are you aware of him a few hours later it was a of the red tape -- -- We heard back from Schumer is office with some good news still within the next eight to ten months it should be resolved.

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