David Greene of Waterloo will be this year's featured speaker at the annual Veterans Recognition Meal and Program hosted by the Traer United Presbyterian Church. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church's fellowship hall on Wednesday November 10. All area veterans and their guest are invited to attend the meal. Reservations can be made by calling 478-2742. The public is invited to attend the program which begins at 7:00 p.m in the church sanctuary.
Greene was a radio man in HQ Co., 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines 5th Division in the battle of Iwo Jima. After the atomic bombs were dropped, his battalion was part of the occupation forces in Japan and then was part of the repatriation of over 5,000 Japanese soldiers from the island of Babelthaup back to Japan. He was discharged in 1946.
Following his discharge, Greene returned to Waterloo where he was employed by Waterloo City Engineer Department. He took a Public Works Engineering course by correspondence. In 1955 he joined the Jens Olesen & Sons Construction Company where he remained for the next 36 years. In 1965, he became a stockholder in the company which later became Prairie Construction. Greene retired in 1992.
An American Legion member since 1955, Greene was very involved with volunteerism and fund raising for such organizations as the Congregational Church, Boys Scouts, United Way, Seratoma Club, Waterloo Ambassadors, Wateroo Symphony Orchestra, Gallagher Bluedorn Perfforming Arts Center, the Grout Museum and many others.
In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, he started giving talks about Iwo Jima and World War II to service groups, historical organizations, and public school children.
During his "Conversation from WWII," Greene will be sharing the journey of a Japanese Flag which he obtained on Iwo Jima.