I am a little disappointed in the articles recently seen on Iceland Review regarding the anniversary of the eruption on Heimaey. Nowhere did I see mention of the extensive help extended to the Icelanders by the NATO forces then stationed in Iceland. I refer to the toxicology personnel sent to Iceland, the supplying of large saltwater pumps and pipes, the U.S. Marines that shoveled the lava off the house roofs, the supplying of bottled oxygen to the Icelandic relief workers, the airlifting of the herds of sheep at great peril to U.S.Navy equipment and personnel, etc., etc.
How do I know all this? I was there!
As a result of our efforts, I and three other NATO servicemen were pleased to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon by the Icelandic government. I cherish that reward, for which I am grateful, but I do wish that we get some remembrance in your permanent museum archives.
Capt. Jerome Levy, MC, USN (Ret.), San Diego, California, USA