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The Battle For Iwo Jima

 
 
The Battle For Iwo Jima Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
1. The Battle For Iwo Jima Marker
Inscription. Iwo Jima's location midway between Japan and American bomber bases in the Mariana Islands was key to both countries strategies. Since the summer of 1944, American long-range B-29 bombers had been flying 2,700 miles to strike the Japanese Home Islands. Many of these unescorted bombers fell prey to Japanese defenses and were lost at sea. With Iwo Jima's airfields in American hands, U. S. fighter planes could escort bombing missions and damaged bombers could use the island as a sanctuary.

The Japanese were well prepared for this battle and would defend the island to their death. The Marines had the ability to take the island but, the question was, at what cost?

The battle for Iwo Jima lasted from February 19 to March 26, 1945. Over 70,000 troops, mostly Marines, engaged over 21,000 Japanese defenders. Nearly 20,000 Marines and sailors were wounded and almost 7,000 killed during the battle. Only 1,100 Japanese troops survived. The capture of Iwo Jima produced immediate benefits to the strategic bombing campaign. By war's end, 2,400 B-29s made forced landings on the island.
 
Erected by The National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 53.453′ N, 77° 4.252′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
2. Marine Corps War Memorial
County. Marker is on Marshall Drive near Jefferson Davis Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History Of The U. S. Marine Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flag Raisings (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Making A Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Symbol of Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); Let Freedom Ring (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Haggerty (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
U.S. Marine Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 1990
3. U.S. Marine Memorial
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 12, 2008
4. Marine Corps War Memorial
This picture was taken with Ektachrome E100GX film.
Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 12, 2008
5. Memorial Bridge
The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument can be seen in the background. This picture was taken with Ektachrome E100GX film.
The Battle For Iwo Jima Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 2, 2015
6. The Battle For Iwo Jima Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on January 28, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   6. submitted on September 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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