Survivors of World War II Battle of
Iwo Jima (February 19, 1945 to March 26, 1945) return to the
island for the 73rd Reunion of Honor in March 2018 to
reflect on the sacrifices made by those who served during
the battle that the iconic photo of U.S. Marines raising Old
Glory on Mount Suribachi was taken ... resulting in
the U.S. Marine War Memorial near Arlington National
Cemetery in Washington D.C.
U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl.
Andrew Neumann Edit by USA Patriotism!
of Iwo Jima Information
The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major
battle in which the United States Marine Corps landed on and
eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Imperial
Japanese Army during World War II. The American invasion,
designated Operation Detachment, had the goal of capturing
the entire island, including the three Japanese-controlled
airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field),
to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main
The five-week battle comprised some
of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War of
World War II. Japanese combat deaths numbered three times
the number of American deaths although, uniquely among
Pacific War Marine battles, American total casualties (dead
and wounded) exceeded those of the Japanese.
Of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers on
Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken
prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been
knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled. The majority of
the remainder were killed in action.