Local History: Tunican witnesses history
[Editor’s note: This story first appeared in The Tunica Times in February 1995.]
Tunica Justice Court Judge R.T. Mottley, Jr. was an eyewitness to the pitched battle for the Japanese island Iwo Jima that began February 19, 1945. In 1995, Judge Mottley shared his memories of Iwo Jima with members of the Tunica Lions Club.
In 1945, Mottley was then Ensign R.T. Mottley, aboard the U.S.S. Cecil, one of a vast armada of ships that supported the Marine invasion. He remembers the preparations aboard the ship were intense.