NoVA Mobility Business Owner Encounters Iconic Iwo Jima Veteran On-the-Job

101 Mobility DC Metro Owner, Matt Riordan Receives Historic World War II Recount from Elderly Customer

Sterling, VA, April 8, 2015– As the owner of the DMV’s one-stop-shop for mobility products, installations, and maintenance, Matt Riordan encounters a variety of personalities spanning all generations. His business, 101 Mobility of DC Metro services elderly clients and younger folks with mobility-hindering disabilities. On a recent Bruno Curve Rail Stair Lift install, Matt serviced an older gentleman named Tom Cox who was present as a United States Marine when the iconic American flag was raised during the bloody World War II battle of Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima was also the only U.S, Marine Corps battle in which American casualties exceeded the Japanese, though Japanese combat deaths tripled that of American deaths. The U.S. flag was first raised atop Mount Suribachi during the battle on February 23, 1945. Three of the six Marines depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph depicting the "Raising of the Flag", Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, and Michael Strank, were killed in action just a few days after the photograph was taken.

Tom Cox was just 17-years old when he fought during the battle of Iwo Jima. During Matt's routine installation, the war hero showed Matt medal upon medal and photographs dating back to Tom's time spent in Iwo Jima and (post-bombed) Nagasaki during War World II. “This man was like a walking movie,” Matt explained. “World War II could have ended very differently if it wasn't for men like Mr.Cox. There is a scarcity of people from this era living to tell these stories, I feel honored for Mr. Cox to have shared his personal account of Iwo Jima with me.”

Though Tom's stories of life during the war as a teenager were awe-invoking, he told Matt of an interesting life as a World War II veteran. Tom returned from the war to graduate from the University of Maryland and worked for the CIA up until retirement. Now in his nineties and living independently with wife Nancy, Tom can enjoy the comforts of home with a new stair lift installation from 101 Mobility DC Metro. As for Matt, he will always remember the first-hand account of the world's most legendary battles from a decorated World War II United States Marine.

Visit the National Park Service website to learn more about U.S. Marine Corps Memorial depicting the “Raising of the Flag”. 

Find out more about 101 Mobility DC Metro at

Matt Riordan
Tel: 703-574-0940



About 101 Mobility:
101 Mobility is a national franchise and full-service sales, service, and installation provider of a complete line of mobility and accessibility products and equipment, including stair lifts, auto lifts, ramps, porch lifts, patient lifts, power wheelchairs, scooters and more. Short and long-term rentals are also available for home, office, and institution. By working with patients to identify which home health care devices best suit each individual’s needs, 101 Mobility provides an alternative to group homes and rehabilitation centers by increasing accessibility and allowing clients to live self-sufficiently in their homes. For more information, please visit: