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U.S. Marine Corps logoWWII Iwo Jima Survivors - 73rd Reunion of Honor

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
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Battle 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 islands.

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.

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