Massachusetts Iwo Jima memorial vandalized again
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are investigating the latest case of vandalism to an Iwo Jima memorial.
Officials say the memorial in Fall River was doused with the contents of a fire extinguisher last weekend.
Commandant Bruce Aldrich of the city’s Marine Corps League tells the Herald News that surveillance video captured a man and woman vandalizing the statue at about 4 a.m. Saturday. The fire extinguisher was left behind and is being processed for fingerprints.
City Veteran’s Agent Raymond Hague is concerned the statue’s protective coating was damaged.
The memorial is a one-third scale replica of the Iwo Jima memorial in Washington depicting Marines raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi, a moment captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph.
The Fall River memorial dedicated in 2005 has frequently been targeted by vandals.
Information from: The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News, http://www.heraldnews.com