THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA BEGAN ON THIS DATE IN 1945

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The invasion of Iwo Jima continued to March 26, 1945. The battle was a major initiative
of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The Marine invasion, known as Operation Detachment, was charged with the mission of capturing the airfields on the island
which up until that time had interfered with U.S. bombing missions to Tokyo. Once
the bases were secured, they could then be of use in the impending invasion of
the Japanese mainland.  

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U.S. Marines on the beach of Iwo Jima

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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima  taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal

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