Battle of Iwo Jima
One of the most violent battles fought during WW2....
Once Upon a Time in War
Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.
February 2011 – jfkplusfifty
The USMC launched an invasion on February 19, 1945, of Japanese occupied Iwo Jima, an island just 660 miles from mainland Japan. The island is defended by 21,000 soldiers who are protected by a network of caves. The amphibious landings were resisted by 7 Japanese battalions. The Battle of Iwo Jima ended with a decisive US victory on March 26, 1945.