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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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