A Little Bit of Texas History – The Movie Star Texan Who Never Saw Himself On The Big Screen

Posted February 24, 2016 AD

Have you ever felt under-appreciated? Oftentimes, the most important people in our lives go unnoticed, quietly following a sense of duty without public recognition. I thought today is the THE day to bring forth a Texan we’ve all seen at one time or another. We know what he did, where he was when he did it and the scene has been featured in innumerable movies and news stories. How is it we don’t know him? Here’s his story from the TSHA.

Harlon Block

“On this day [February 23] in 1945, Cpl. Harlon Henry Block of Weslaco appeared in one of the most memorable images to come out of World War II. For three days the men of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, had fought their way to the top of Mount Suribachi, a 550-foot-high extinct volcano at the southern end of the island of Iwo Jima. They first raised a small flag to signal their victory to their fellows below, and a larger flag later. In Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s picture of the six men raising this second flag, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the twenty-year-old Block was the stooping figure guiding the base of the flagpole into the volcanic ash. He never saw the famous picture, however, as he was killed in action on March 1 as his unit advanced in the direction of Mishi Ridge. Block was buried in the Fifth Marine Division cemetery at the foot of Mount Suribachi, though his body was taken home to Weslaco in 1949.”

Where were you and what were you doing at age 20 years? Harlon Block was laying down his life for you 71 years ago.

We Americans are about to be launched into the most important battle of all American history. It’s the battle for our nation’s soul.

Before young Harlon Block of Weslaco, Texas was sacrificed on Iwo Jima, Jesus Christ willingly forfeited his life through an extremely painful ordeal that began with scorn and spittle on the face to a severe beating that opened his back and finally to be nailed to a cross. Who was this man? He was the sacrificial Lamb of God, slain from the foundations of the world. He, like Harlon, died young. Messiah was and is at the forefront of a global conflict in which the life, the soul, of our nation is at peril of being obliterated, destroyed and forgotten.

Sellers of gold and silver tell us their treasures will save us from the inevitable global economic collapse, but Jesus said,

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

The reality of Jesus Christ isn’t something that comes to us from reading, including the Bible. The reality of Jesus Christ truly comes only by divine revelation, just as it was for the Apostle Peter and for me. (Ref: Matthew 16:13-17 http://ow.ly/YH4cl )

It is my prayer this morning that all who read this great story about unsung hero Harlon Block will experience a personal relationship with the Son of God by divine revelation. Today, even as you read this, Jesus asks you, “…who do you say I am?”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the salvation of America.

Soli Deo Gloria

John White

Rockwall, Texas

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