Today, 70 Years ago. Iwo Jima

Today 70 years ago on February 19th 1945 at 08:59 the first Marines landed on Iwo Jima.

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Here are a few interesting hi-res pics for the 70th Anniversary. I have included the official captions. Click on the pics to enlarge

“Amphibious tractors, jammed with Fourth Division Marines, churn toward Iwo Jima at H-hour.  These troops were the initial assault force.”

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“LCVP’s approach Iwo Jima.”

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“A wave of charging Fourth Division Marines begin an attack from the beach at Iwo Jima, on D-Day as another boatload of battle-tested veterans is disgorged on the beach by an invasion craft.”

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“Bloody, inch by inch.  In the face of withering enemy fire Fifth Division Marine invaders of Iwo Jima work their way up the slope from Red Beach #1 toward Suribachi Yama, completely hidden in the left background by the smoke of the battle.”

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“Marines pull a cart from their LCVP up on to the beach through unyielding sand while under enemy fire.  Time: 1616.”

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“Marines blast Jap positions near the base of Suribachi on Iwo Jima.”

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“Devil’s Breath On Hell’s Island.  Two Marine privates hit the deck to throw a scorching inferno at the mighty defenses which blocked the way to Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi.  L-R: Private Richard Klatt and Private First Class Wilfred Voegeli.”

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“Island shot at 0900, D-Day plus 1.” Note that the Marine in the background carries a shotgun

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“Marines mopping up cave with grenades and BARs.”

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“General Erskine at first CP on Motoyama Airfield.”

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“FLAG RAISING ON IWO JIMA – Installing large flag on Mt. Suribachi.”

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“VICTORS – In the stiff breeze atop Mount Suribachi, volcano mountain on Iwo Jima Island, “Old Glory” whips against the sky as cheering Marines raise their voices and weapons in the historic moment for posterity.”

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““Old Glory” on Mt. Suribachi as two leathernecks gaze at remainder of island, part of which is stubbornly held by Japs.” Marine on the right has 4th Marine Division UNIS markings on his Jacket

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~ by m1pencil on February 19, 2015.

5 Responses to “Today, 70 Years ago. Iwo Jima”

  1. I wish I could find a really up close photo of a shotgun-toting Marine to see what web gear he’s using. Did they wear the cartridge belt, or an M1936 web belt with some pouches? Never can seem to find a definitive photo…

  2. Your pic link’s not working, but that’s OK. You basically described what I wear to bed every night. My wife has learned to ignore it. I KID!

  3. Yeah, shotguns were carried even in Vietnam. 12 Gauge 00 buck. Brass shells were carried in trouser (side leg) pocket or in Jungle Jacket pocket.

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