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Community coming together to support Marine

MACUNGIE, Pa. - The 72nd anniversary trip to the historic battle site of Iwo Jima is scheduled for March and Edwin Hunsberger, a local Marine who fought there, wants to go back.

It’s a story 69 News first aired Tuesday night.

Ed's family and friends are raising money to get him there via a GoFundMe account, which, before the story aired, was still short about $10,000.

The goal is just more than $11,000 which will provide Ed and his sister a place on the trip.

Ed left his sister and his Northampton Borough family farm to join the Marines at just 17 during World War II.

He was 18 years old the year he went to Iwo Jima.

He fought in that battle and stood on the beach and watched a group of Marines raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi.

That moment, captured in a photograph, would become one of the most famous images in American history.

Ed says lost a lot of friends there and spent a lot of time after that trying to forget his experiences.

However, at 90, he says it's time to remember.

After 69 News reported Eddie's story, the donations on his GoFundMePage began pouring in.

In 24 hours the account has grown by almost $2700.

People are giving in honor of their grandparents or donating to help a fellow Marine.

A local group of Vietnam vets says they are going to donate and a local school is even planning a fundraiser.

The Lehigh Valley community and beyond is working hard to reach that goal to make sure Eddie's dream comes true.

If you would like to help Eddie return to Iwo Jima, visit his family and friends' GoFundMe page they have set up for him: https://www.gofundme.com/eddiesdream

For more information about Eddie, visit: http://www.lmthistory.org/uploads/1/4/0/9/14099309/hunsberger_edwin_franklin.pdf


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