One of Last Remaining Iwo Jima Veterans Passes Away

Martinsville, VA - He was believed to be one of the last remaining Marine Corp colonels of the battle of Iwo Jima. Shelton Scales passed away Tuesday at the age of 97.He lived at King's Grant Retirement Community in Martinsville for years. Everyone at King's Grant describes Shelton as a treasure at the facility. They say he was a kind, engaging man who was 'all marine'. But what they say was most amazing about Shelton is that he always had his wits about him. Chaplain Paul Johnson knew him for about a decade. He describes him as an inspiration. Johnson says he had four landings in World War II, his last one being in Iwo Jima. He says Shelton could tell you whatever facts and figures you wanted to know about the war even up until the very end. Johnson told us that Shelton always was preaching peace. But he would describe what happened on the battlegrounds during the war."He felt a keen responsibility at leading them from those that were killed, those who were injured. I think he took that so seriously as a leader of his men," said Johnson.We are told that Shelton often would inspire young marines and his message was to always to be yourself. Shelton's funeral will be held in Martinsville on June 7th.