The Battle of Iwo Jima


    he Battle of Iwo Jima was supposed to take only five days according to U.S. military analysis. This invasion quickly became a killing field. Facing Japanese soldiers who were ordered to sacrifice their lives, the Americans fought a dedicated foe. Iwo Jima was a major battle in the Pacific Theater and a costly victory for the United States. The island became a base for bombers on their way to Japan and a refueling station for U.S. troops in the Pacific. The Battle of Iwo Jima was immortalized by the photo of six men raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi, but of these men only three left the island and only one led a normal life. Over 6,800 Americans gave their lives, 27 earned medals of honor, and for those who went home, they would never forget the killing fields of Iwo Jima.

    People or Groups: Role
    Japanese Commander on Iwo Jima
    People or Groups: Role
    Commander of U.S. forces during the Battle of Iwo Jima
    Also Known As
    Operation Detachment
    Battle of Iwo Jima
    26 Mar 1945
    19 Feb 1945
    Casualties: Japan
    19,000 casualties and deaths, 1,000 taken prisoner
    Casualties: United States
    25,000 casualties, with 6,800 dead
    Other: Marine Divisions land on Iwo Jima
    19 Feb 1945
    Other: U.S. Navy bombs the Volcano and Bonin Islands
    June 24, 1944--July 4, 1944
    Other: Amphibious Corps landing force leaves for Iwo Jima
    15 Feb 1945
    Other: First B-29s land on Iwo Jima
    4 Mar 1945
    Other: The last U.S. Marines leave Iwo Jima
    18 Apr 1945
    Other: Japanese survivors launch a final desperate attack
    25 Mar 1945
    Other: The 28th Marines plant flag on Mt. Suribachi
    23 Feb 1945
    Other: Last Japanese fight in Cushman’s Pocket defeated
    16 Mar 1945
    Other: Bombing of Iwo Jima by Amphibious Support Force
    Febrary 16, 1945--February 18, 1945
    Other: Nimitz informs Gen. Smith that Iwo Jima is target
    9 Oct 1944
    Other: U.S. Military Government proclaimed on Iwo Jima
    14 Mar 1945
    Iwo Jima

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    General Holland Smith

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