the Battle of Iwo JIma On February 19, 1945, American soldiers make their first strike on the Japanese Home Islands at Iwo Jima

The Island of Iwo Jima is only 8.2 square miles. It was here that the 23,000 Japanese army and navy troops,fought from an elaborate network of caves, dugouts, tunnels and underground installations.

21,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle and 26,000, American lives. The only time the Marine death toll exceeded the Japanese

It was here the famous quote from Major Chester Nimitz "Uncommon valor was a common virtue for the Marines at Iwo Jima."

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