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The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II

US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
1. The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II Marker
Inscription.  Imagine bombing a small, treeless island non-stop for 72 days. Then came the US Navy's biggest ever pre-landing shelling—three more days' hammering by the battleships and heavy cruisers. How could anyone be left alive on those nine square miles of scorched and churned-up rock?

Yet tens of thousands of Japanese troops were still underground, deeply dug in. Exposed Marines had to pay in blood for every inch of black sand. Veterans say this fight was unrelenting, ferocious, savage, shocking. There were few places to take cover. Death flew at them from all directions.

This one battle cost more American lives than our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-two Marines were awarded Medals of Honor, thirteen were posthumous. But that landing strip on Iwo Jima saved the lives of thousands of airmen who were then attacking Japan.

From March to the end of the war, the Marines' valor enabled more than 2,400 shot-up B-29s to make safe landings on Iwo Jima. The Marine Corps—and then the nation—can never forget the sacrifices it took to secure the island.

Iwo Jima Mattered to Pilots and Air Crews
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By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
2. The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II Marker
14 months, B-29 bombers pounded and burned the largest cities in Japan. But many B-29s did not make it back safely to base. Every damaged bomber that crashed into the Pacific could take 11 Americans to a watery grave, and cost taxpayers the equivalent of $8.5 million today.

USA
70,000 fought
7,000 died
19,000 wounded

Japan
21,000 fought
20,800 died
200 captured

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 53.429′ N, 77° 4.204′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on US Marine Memorial Circle north of North Marshall Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1495 North Meade Street, Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Split Second Made Immortal (a few steps from this marker); Battle Honors Unending (within shouting distance of this marker); 70,000 Marines Helped Raise That Flag on Iwo Jima (within shouting distance of this marker); And How Will You Remember Them? (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Missions Critical (within shouting distance of this marker); A Place Where Memories Are Made (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Something More Than A Statue (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Also see . . .  Old marker at this location. This marker replaces an older one at this location titled "The Battle For Iwo Jima". (Submitted on February 4, 2019.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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