Navy Corpsmen (also known as "medics") help a Marine who was shot by sniper fire at Iwo Jima. USMC photo 110902
It was just about evening [on March 12, the 22nd day of battle]. I was getting things squared around my fox hole, getting my medical gear and personal gear arranged so that at night if we got the word to move out I'd know just where everything was and while I was arranging that--things were entirely quiet up to this time. While I was arranging this a Jap mortar shell lit [hit, or exploded] several feet from me and it caught four men and I happened to be one of them. I received wound fragments in both legs and one fragment hit my foot and it broke a bone in my foot.
Bradley was fortunate. Three of his fellow replacement-flag raisers died in battle:
Many other Marines died as they tried to secure Iwo Jima. Photographs from the National Archives, and official military histories, help to tell their story.
General Kuribayashi, and nearly all his defenders, also died. Letters to his wife reveal his thoughts as his life drew to an end.