Friday, March 26, 2010
Iwo Jima Remembered
Sixty-five years ago today, on March 26, 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima ended. It had begun five weeks earlier on February 19 and saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II. More than 22,000 Japanese soldiers and 4,500 Americans lost their lives during the battle.
The historic "Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima" photo was taken by Jack Rosenthal on the fifth day of the battle. It was awarded a Pulitzer Prize that year and used as a model for the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery.
For more about Iwo Jima, browse these books:
Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
Iwo Jima by Eric Hammel
Uncommon Valor, Uncommon Virtue: Iwo Jima and the Photograph That Captured America by Hal Buell
Indestructible: The Unforgettable Story of a Marine Hero at Iwo Jima
by Jack Lucas
So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War by Kumiko Kakehashi
Image is public domain.
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