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Posted on Feb 19, 2005 in History News

February 19, 1945 US Marines Invade Iwo Jima

Editorial Staff

Iwo Jima was one of the bloodiest battles in history for the US Marine Corps. It has also been one of the most enduring in our collective memory, symbolizing the beginning of the eventual triumph over the Imperial Japanese in World War II.  On this day in 1945, the battle began. 

The flag raising on Mt. Suribachi is an unforgettable image of the triumph of the Marines in this battle, and is perhaps one of the most famous photographs ever taken.


US Marine Corps

Learn more about this important battle;

IwoJima.com

The U.S.M.C. Memorial in Washington D.C. 

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Iwo Jima Survivors Association

USS Iwo Jima pays homage to the Marines who fought their namesake battle.

An historical (and detailed) account of the entire battle.

A personal account of the flag raising.

The National Museum of the Pacific War (Texas)

6 Comments

  1. i WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY P-51 FIGHTER PILOET WHO
    FLEW FROM IWO JIMA DURING WORLD WAR II

    • Lloyd,

      I believe I know why you have not received any mail from Fighter Pilots. You didn’t even spell “pilot” correctly..

      Your Friend,

      Bill English
      (nick name for Lloyd.

  2. I was too young to fight on Iwo Jima, but I did fight in Vietnam with the 1st. and 3rd, Marine Divisions and all I can say is the men who fought on Iwo were the best we had, and no one can dispute that. Semper Fi to all Marines everywhere.

  3. My uncle, Cpl. Robert Straigis, was in the 4th Marines and gave his life on this day (Feb. 19, 1945). I would love to hear from anyone who may remember him and any stories they may have of him. His younger brother, my dad, will be turning 80 this year and I would love to be able to share stories with him. Thank you and God bless!

  4. my father was an artillery spotter from d day iwo to the last day his name is

    john mccleary 4th marines anyone know him during the battle?

  5. My friend retired Master gunny sgt. Ernie Obrien was there.He was a Marine from 1940-1970.WW2,kOREA,Vietnam.I would say never miss an opportunity to impart a little American history knowledge to a kid or young adult in America today.Mgysgt.Obrien started the Military and aviation museum in Punta Gorda,Fla. for that reason.SEMPER FI!

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