Subject: John Keith Wells Plt Commander, 3dPlt, Easy Co, 2/28 5thMarDiv Iwo Jima
Thought you all might have an interest in seeing some history. We have a luncheon group in Denver which I attend (It is called "Cooper's Troopers" and is an informal gathering to honor Ed Cooper who started it). We have about 140 members on the roster. About 60 to 90 people show up every month at our American Legion hall for a lunch. I try to have a guest speaker at the luncheon each month. This month we had a remembrance for the family (Keith's daughter and husband). I put together a Slide Presentation to remember one of our recently deceased members, Lieutenant John Keith Wells.
Who is Keith Wells? He was the platoon commander of 3d Plt, Easy Company, 2/28. His men made it to the top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima and planted the first flag. John Bradley whose son wrote, Flags of our Father's was one of his platoon members that made it to the top...all of the others are documented in that book and Keith's book...
Keith came to a lot of our meetings in the past. He grew up in west Texas and Felix Salmeron grew up in the same area and knew him quite well as a boy and later when Felix was on Marine Corps recruiting duty in west Texas. Keith, after the war became an oil man with many oil lease interests in that area. Felix attended his funeral recently in Abilene, TX where they laid him to rest. In his retirement Keith moved to Arvada, Colorado to live with his daughter, Connie after his wife had passed. That is how he got involved with us in his later years.
Here are some of the photos I took over the last couple/three years and some of the borrowed pictures I had of the first flag raising in my Power Point Presentation: