The invasion of Iwo Jima began on 2/19/1945 and continued to 3/27/1945. The battle was a major initiative of the Pacific Campaign or WW II. The mission was to capture the airfields on the island.
The battle was marked by some of the fiercest fighting of the war. It was the first attack on the Japanese home islands and the Imperial soldiers fought back fiercely.
The iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize for photography.
My Dad was a captain of the US Army and he told stories until his dying day. He was part of the occupation of Japan and I remember him and all the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.
Map showing the location of Iwo Jima: