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68 Years Ago Today…

February 23, 2013

On this day in 1945, U.S. Marines raised the American Flag over Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. After this photo was taken, the battle raged for over a month. During that time, U.S. Marines and Navy sustained 24,053 casualties, by far the highest single-action losses in Marine Corps history. Of these, a total of 6,140 died. Roughly one marine or Navy corpsman became a casualty for every three who landed on Iwo Jima. According to a military historian Dr. Norman Cooper, “Nearly seven hundred Americans gave their lives for every square mile.” The photo above remains an iconic image that captured the spirit of bravery, honor and sacrifice of the “Greatest Generation.” Half of the six flag raisers pictured died shortly after this photo was taken. (National Archives)

Fourth Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, March 1945. (National Archives)

Veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima take a moment of silence in front of the 5th Marine Division memorial at the site of the infamous flag raising atop Mount Suribachi to remember their brothers who fought beside them and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Paul D. Zellner II) (Courtesy USMC)


Be sure to visit our national parks that honor the memory of the heroes of the Pacific:

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

American Memorial Park

One Comment leave one →
  1. szekelyse50 permalink
    February 24, 2013 10:51 pm

    A történelem igazolja önmagát,és meghálálja azokat akik dicsőséggel emlékeznek.

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