A cauldron of fire that annealed the Marine Corps legacy for all time. Where uncommon valor was a common virtue.
From February 19, 1945 to March 26, 1945, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, under the V Amphibious Corps, fought to secure the small, but strategically located island of Iwo Jima.
Fighting in the Pacific, always bitter, grew more and more fanatical as US forces approached the home islands of Japan. Few pieces of land have ever been more heavily fortified than Iwo Jima, and that same small size meant the assaulting Marines had no space to maneuver. There was no room for finesse. The only available option was frontal assault.
26,000 Marines were killed or wounded at Iwo Jima, over a third of the attacking force.