75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima


February 19th marks 75 years since the amphibious assault began on the island of Iwo Jima in the final year of World War II. With a strategically important landing strip, the island of Iwo Jima represented a critical part of the Pacific island-hopping campaign. In the days leading up to the land assault, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Air Corps conducted naval bombardments and air raids. 70,000 Marines, Sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen swept onto the island on 19 February 1945. As 3 Marine divisions charged onto the island, it became evident that the enemy was well-fortified in miles of underground tunnels. On the fourth day, The Battle for Iwo Jima became an iconic part of American history as Marines raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi. Years later, the hard fought battle that was waged for 36 days would spur Admiral Chester Nimitz to remark that “uncommon valor was a common virtue.” This was made even more evident by the 22 Marines and 5 Navy Corpsmen who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery during the battle. We should all pause to remember and honor the legacy they forged, as our nation pays tribute to our “greatest generation.” I want Commanders across the force to hold a one-time commemoration that occurs within the 36 days of the Battle of Iwo Jima from 19 February to 26 March. ALMAR 02-20 describes how we will pause across the force, and remember the service and sacrifices of our WWII Veterans and their families. The battlefields may change, but the spirit instilled in every Marine of every generation remains the same. The power of today’s Navy-Marine Corps team remains the same. We get there, we fight and we win. I believe that Secretary of the Navy Forrestal was right when he stated “The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.” We owe a debt of gratitude to all who serve and sacrifice. Thank you to all our World War II Veterans. Semper Fidelis, Marines.

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  1. Wow. Remember them always never forget the one who fought for us for our freedom. Thank you for your service soldiers. I’m going to be a Marine in 2025 or 2028. 🇺🇸

  2. My grandfather was there when they raised that flag. He suffered from shrapnel injuries the rest of his life, had 2 purple hearts, and loved the corps. He never talked about it, would wake up due to nightmares, and inspired me to join, though I joined the army. When I told him I wanted to go to war like him and my father did (he served in Vietnam), he would say 'No you don't, mijo.'

  3. The example set by the Marines and sailors who fought on Iwo Jima set
    the standard for what the Marine Corps is today.

    Semper fidelis!

  4. My father was there. at 19 years old he was LCVP boat crew on APA-34 USS Bolivar. Landed the Fighting 3rd on D+3. He was port gunner/signalman and passed away in 2011 age 86. He still knew how to send Morse code and Semaphore. Was also on invasions of Luzon and Leyte.

  5. Its also been 75 years that John Basilone, the hero of Guadalcanal and Medal of Honor recipient, was killed on the black sanded beaches of Iwo Jima on the first day of battle… Semper Fi.

  6. Iwo Jima was a bad one for us but like always the Marines fought like hell & were victorious in the end. RIP warriors, your service & sacrifice will never be forgotten. Semper Fi.

  7. My dad was there. The only thing he would ever say about it was (jokingly) “Those glory hounds up there raising a flag on a hill while the rest of us were still fighting down in the valleys. It took us another two weeks to secure that island.” Every time I see that image I hear his voice. I miss him.

  8. Aloha sir~! Great video, who would we have to contact to show on KITV here in Hawaii? Mahalo and thank you for everything you do..everyday~!

  9. Who in the EFFFF would down vote this???

    I wish a down vote would automatically ban your YouTube account for life and if you have a credit card on file you automatically make a donation to the Marine Corps Veterans Association to the max limit of the card.

  10. I miss all my brothers and sisters in Corp now that I’m in the army after nine years of leave. I miss it even more and appreciate the corps pride and traditions.

  11. Some years ago, I came upon a V-J letter my grandfather wrote my grandmother from Iwo on 02/28/45, which I treasure. He was eventually awarded the Purple Heart for a gunshot wound he received after his letter was written. I never asked any questions about the war which I regret. I did once, however, ask my grandmother about their reunion when the war ended. My grandmother told me she drove to the D. C. from their home in Baltimore to meet his ship, and they went to a waterfront bar and had a few beers. Not the romantic picture I had supposed, but realistic. I imagine many Marines that served in the South Pacific daydreamed about sitting in an American bar drinking a cold beer. God bless each one.

  12. A generation that knew what it meant to be part of something bigger than themselves. Today when people think about how their cell phones are too slow or what materialistic things they lack; quickly try to imagine what a bunch of kids were doing on this day 75 years ago.

  13. My Grandfather was in the Pacific Campaign. Army Sgt. Richard D. Sinclair. He survived 3 Island landings and he was the greatest man I've ever known . Love you Pops. 1925 – 2002

  14. My favorite American classic history chapter. True legit Warriors and Patriots of the United States Marine Corps who fought for 45 days on the island of Iwo Jima destroyed the Japanese military forces for the free world and America Semper fi oorah

  15. Rest In Peace John Basilone. Marine Medal of Honor recipient during the battle of Guadalcanal who fell on the first day of the battle. Semper Fi

  16. 硫黄島の戦いがアメリカ海兵隊の原点となる戦いだったのは認めるが、日本人としては心中穏やかではない。だがあなた方はあなたたちが信じる価値を信じ抜くべきである。

  17. We shall protect our country. No matter the cost even if it causes death, destruction, and tears. We shall stay strong. We shall conquer any challenge we face for the greater good. For a better tommorow. We are one nation under god, liberty, and freedom. Through Boston, Yorktown, and Bennington to Gettysburg and Antietam to The Alamo to The Argonne Forest, Soissons, Belleau Wood, and The Marne to Iwo Jima, Utah and Omaha Beach, Wake Island, The Ardennes, Midway, and Leyte Gulf to Battle of Seoul to Saigon and The Tet Offensive to Baghdad to Kamdesh we shall save this broken world. We are the people. We are the United States of America. We are Marines, We are the Navy, We are the Army, The Air Force, The Coast Guard and here we are over 200 yaers later scince our founding fathers created America.

  18. We were there at the Memorial the day this was filmed. They were setting up and we got to speak to the cameraman. If you get a chance to visit, go!

  19. I first saw that Flag raising photo on a book….
    I didn't thought much about it…
    But Now after 4 years…
    Here I am
    Being an un-certified American Patriot
    But I will be a Certified American
    Semper fi

  20. My grandfather was a marine for 4 years during Vietnam but was never sent overseas with his unit. His son, my uncle was a marine for six years then became a warden for a prison. Thank you for your service everybody that served.

  21. Im a small dude, with small lungs, barrel chest, and big heart.

    It was my dream to become a Marine. I wanted to be a Hero, protecting my country and protecting innocents from harm.
    I remember as soon as I got out of High School, I went straight to the Marine Corps Recruiting Center to enlist.

    They looked at me, Smiled, Saying I would be a perfect addition, and That I should their practice with “poolees” and get the OK from my doctor. (Which I did)

    Our first task was a warm up, which was to go 3 times around this big parking lot. I thought “piece of cake”.

    3/4’s the way on the first lap, I suddenly couldn’t breathe. I just couldn’t. I fell face first into the beat up gravel pavement. The recruiter ran up to me and told me if I was alright. Obviously I wasn’t. He asked me if I had asthma. I didn’t know.

    He flat out told me, if I couldnt run 3 laps, I couldn’t be a Marine. He was puzzled because He said I looked like a wrestler/football player, and immediately assumed I had some sort of disqualification involving something unchangeable.

    Thats when I began training more, going to doctors for frequent physical exams, etc… But to my surprise, after a month, I made no progress in extending my stamina. I always fell at the same spot even when I tried to push myself. I would nearly black out.

    A year and a half passed, and same problem, with more happening. Fatty Liver, Minor Spine Fracture, Small Lungs, Flat Feet, Sleep Apnea.

    Thats when I lost all hope. I went into a major depression which I still struggle to this day. I gained tons of weight.(currently 180 lbs) And my memory has gone to shit.

    My Dream of being a Marine was crushed. I was preparing all my life for it. I don’t know why It happened so suddenly.

    I would drop everything I have, leave everyone I know; if by some miracle I was able to join the Marine Corps. I would do whatever they want me to do.

    Thanks for reading… whatever this was.

  22. Good governments avoid getting their young men, and nowadays young women, slaughtered without good reason. Hopefully someday we will learn this illusive lesson and make battles like this unnecessary.

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