Carl Padovano
High School Years
College Years
Educational Career
Vince Lombardi Story
Photos of Iwo Jima Flag
Carl Padovano and Friends on Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima Field Map
Japanese Soldiers Field Manual
Iwo Jima Field Utensils
Carl Padovano MLK Speech
Plaque at Carl Padavano Education Center
Gravestone and Grave marker
Family Photos
Bronze Star and Purple Heart
Wall Unit Display




Iwo Jima
Written by
Bob Meli
February, 2006

As I began researching about Carl Padovano's Marine service, it became clear that friendships he had with fellow Hackensack graduates, could not be left untold.

On Iwo Jima four friends from Hackensack, Carl Padovano,
Mike Kraykowski
Cornelius "Neil" Fulton
, and Joseph Peccoralo crossed paths. Three Marines were hit by enemy fire and all survived.
Cornelius "Neil" Fulton, Carl Padovano's closest friend in high school and for the rest of their lives, faked an emergency landing with his B29 Flying Fortress on Iwo Jima to see if Carl was alright.

For every question answered, there were ten more to ask, like the part about Kathryn, his wife, who was the unsung hero, who was pregnant when she received a letter saying Carl was killed in action.

The interview I had with the Family in 2006 and the 1965 article from the Record newspaper about there experience help us to get a glimpse into those trying times.

Under Carl Padovano's Hackensack High School 1939 yearbook picture reads:

Carl Padovano, a man of few words to all who knew him, experienced these words in one of the epic battles in human history.




Background Image of Mortar fire on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima,
February 20, 1945