Here's an intense edited video with footage from the 2006 film "Flags of our Fathers" and the 2010 series "The Pacific". Both films portray the perplexing number of casualties sustained in the 36 days it took to secure the 2 mile wide by 4 mile long volcanic island. Total US casualties number 26,000 (6,821 dead and 19,217 wounded). Of the over 20,000 Japanese defenders, only 217 were captured. This was the only battle of the Pacific theater where the American casualties exceeded the Japanese.
US marine put of the flag on mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima |
February 23rd, 1945
This picture was taken as they put up the 2nd American flag because one of the higher ups in commands wanted the flag himself, another group of soldier were sent up the mountain and put up the American flag In this iconic piece of American history. The battle for Iwo Jima was the only pacific battle that American casualties outnumbered the Japanese making it the 10 most lethal battle in American military history, the battle claimed over 6,821 American lives
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Revisiting an old piece I started in 2012 but never finished... #iwojima
▪World War 2▪
United States Fourth Marine Division begin their push toward the Japanese forces as another boatload of men is about to disembark onto the beach by an LCVP. February 19, 1945. Iwo Jima.
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gene E. Bell. He is a survivor of the battle at #iwojima. He gave dh this coin, and I received this lovely #pin. It was both humbling and inspiring to sit and trade stories with this man who was present at this historic part of #marinecorps history. #semperfi#gungho#usmc#veteran#wwii
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The actual flag flown at noon on Iwo Jima. The winds were so strong when the flag whipped, literally tore the end of the flag off
Hey guys, thanks a lot for 1000 followers. It's hard for me to grasp, how many of you that is. I'm extremely happy, so today, I'll do a special post. I'm gonna do a livestream on Monday, 5pm UK time.
So some of you might have wondered, what my profile pic is. This image was taken during the battle of Iwo Jima during WW2. The battle of Iwo Jima went from the 19th of February to the 26th of March 1945. Operation detachment, was the operation for the US Marine corps, to capture the island of Iwo Jima and all of its three airfields. The marines were met with heavy Japanese resistance. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War of World War II. About 70,000 marines, including anti tank guns and equipment landed on the beach. They faced up to 22,000 highly trained dug in Japanese troops. Additionally, the Japanese forces had about 23 tanks, 400 artillery pieces, 33 naval guns, 69 anti tank guns and over 300 anti air guns. The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 18 km (11 mi) of underground tunnels. The American ground forces were supported by extensive naval artillery, and had complete air supremacy provided by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators throughout the entire battle. Although the US marines won, victory came at a price: over 25,000 US marines were killed or wounded. This famous picture, is after the battle of Iwo Jima, when the marines raised the flag over Mt. Suribachi on the island.
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16 February 1945. Prepatory bombardment of Iwo Jima commences. Three days of continous shelling will lift shortly before thousands of US Marines invade in one of the costliest engagements of World War 2 #ww2history#iwojima
My sons first birthday is in two months and I am determined to make him a awesome cake! So I really needed an opportunity to practice lol well today Iwo Jima veterans are coming to our school and we needed deserts! So I volunteered! Here is my abstract American flag cake 🇺🇸 it is FAR from perfect lol but my frosting is way better! Now not only was this a reason for me to bake a cake. I also am obsessed with WWII! I took an English class in colleges revolving around WWII I even interviewed a gentleman who fought in Japan l, wrote a paper, and it was published in the library of Congress :) proud moment right there! So I am excited to meet these amazing people who lived in such a dark time but were able to still be positive! ❤️🇺🇸 #origamiowl#whatsyourstory#iwojima#WWII#workingmom#teachermom#firsttimemom#suiteforces#cakedecorating#attemptingtomakeacake#babiesfirstbirthdayiscoming
Today was one of those extra special days you never forget.
Walking through the @usmcmuseum with 13 Iwo Jima veterans, having them point out their favorite weapons, talk about bootcamp, kid each other (*Marine Corps style), and then tell stories about the flag raising on Iwo in front of the actual flag!! There are few words to describe it properly on a brief ig post. I just loved every bit of today.
(More photos and vids on the ig story)
"The Count": Henry Oliver Hansen was born on 14 December 1919 out of Boston, MA, amongst a family of five children. Upon his graduation from Somerville High School, Hansen enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps on 29 June 1938. Receiving his training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, Hansen went on to serve with the First Signal Company in Quantico, VA and be a part of the Marine Detachments aboard the USS Arizona and USS Arkansas. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Marine Corps Command asked for abled-body young men to volunteer for a special all-purpose task force known as the Paramarines with Hansen volunteering in the Spring of 1942. Hansen would serve with the 4th Parachute Battalion through the Bougainville campaign and, upon the Paramarines disbandment in early 1944, now-Sergeant Hansen was transferred to 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2/28th Marines bound for their next stop, the heavily fortified island of Iwo Jima. On 19 February 1945, Hansen, along with the rest of his company, landed on the southern end of the island and encountered fierce enemy resistance almost immediately. For the next four days, Hansen and his men would fight continuously, almost day and night, before reaching Iwo Jima's highest peak, Mount Suribachi. At 8AM on 23 February, First Lieutenant Schrier of Co. E ordered a 40-man patrol to seize and occupy the crest of Mount Suribachi, as well as plant an American flag at the top to signal that the area was under American control. Lt. Schrier, Sgt. Hansen, Cpl. Charles Lindberg, Plt Sgt. Ernest Thomas and Pvt. Phil Ward tied the flag to a broken Japanese water pipe and raised at approximately 10:25AM the same day. However, two hours later the original flag would be replaced by a larger flag and that moment would be captured in Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal's famous "Flag Raising on Iwo Jima." However, six days later on the 1st of March 1945, Sgt. Hansen would be killed in an advance through the island...he was only 25 years old and the battle would conclude 25 days later. Originally buried in the 5th Marine Div Cemetery, Hansen was later interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.