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Chrisman in Edgar County is incorporated as a city. Originally organized as Ross Township in 1857, the township's growth began in the 1870s with the development of two intersecting railroad lines, the Paris and Danville Railroad and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. These railroads were built in part on 80 acres of land donated by the Mathias Chrisman family. The township then quickly built up around the intersection. 

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Iwo Jima & Okinawa: Brutal Combat on the Doorstep of Japan

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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There was only one thing luring American war planners to invade the tiny island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. The island of black volcanic sand was little more than a dot in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, but it was only 763 miles from Tokyo, and thus was an ideal spot to land crippled B-29s returning from the Japanese mainland on their way to Tinian Island. Iwo Jima was also a suitable staging area for the next step – Okinawa, a sliver of land only 400 miles south of Japan’s main islands. The fight on Iwo Jima and Okinawa were the bloodiest of the Pacific war. Oral historian Dr. Mark DePue’s military background and historical story telling combine for a compelling look back at the bloodiest World War II battles fought in the Pacific. 

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