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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IT WAS DEDICATED ON THIS DATE IN 1954

1982%20Marine%20Corp%20War%20MemorialThe U.S. Marine Corps memorial, depicting the raising of the American
Flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, located in Arlington, VA.
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Photographer Joe Rosenthal’s famous picture of the raising of the
American Flag on Iwo Jima by U.S. Marines, February 23, 1945.             

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