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CHIPS Articles: Marines with naval gunfire support land on Iwo Jima Feb. 19, 1945

Marines with naval gunfire support land on Iwo Jima Feb. 19, 1945
By CHIPS Magazine - February 19, 2015
Today marks the beginning of one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. Marine Corps history, the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Once on the island, the Marines found it almost naked of natural cover. Most of the vegetation had been blown away by the crushing air and naval bombardment which preceded their landing. Without cover, Marines engaged in a 36-day assault on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

The Battle of Iwo Jima was fought Feb. 19 to March 26, 1945.

The cost of the eventual American victory was the highest in Marine history: 5,931 killed and 17,272 wounded. Only 1,083 of more than 20,000 Japanese survived.

"But the living and dead of both sides shared a grudging bond: uncommon valor," wrote retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons in an account of the Battle of Iwo Jima published by the Marine Corps History and Museums Division.

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Initial wave of Marines lands on Red and Green Beaches at the foot of Mount Suribachi under heavy fire. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 111691.
Initial wave of Marines lands on Red and Green Beaches at the foot of Mount Suribachi under heavy fire. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) 111691.

A lone Marine covers the left flank of the patrol working its way up the slopes of Mount Suribachz In the background are the landing beaches upon which the assault on Iwo Jima began four days earlier. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) A419741.
A lone Marine covers the left flank of the patrol working its way up the slopes of Mount Suribachz In the background are the landing beaches upon which the assault on Iwo Jima began four days earlier. Department of Defense Photo (USMC) A419741.
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