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Iwo Jima - Soldiers at Temporary Cemetery

Iwo Jima-Soldiers at Temporary Cemetery

Before sailing from Iwo Jima, Marines pay their last respects to their fallen comrades at the island's 5th Marines Cemetary.  The battle for this strategically positioned island, not far from Japan, took place between February and March of 1945.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz said this about the Marines who fought at Iwo:

The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat.

By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.


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Image online, courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

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