Iwo Jima was 75 years ago this month… God bless the Corps.
Note: So much has been written about the Battle of Iwo Jima, by individuals far more qualified than myself, some of whom participated in it, all of whom conducted extensive research on this iconic battle, that I have avoided the effort for years. But the Battle of Iwo Jima has called out to me to write something in tribute to the men who served there. What follows is my unworthy summary an event that traumatized its survivors for the balance of their lives.
American successes in the Pacific campaign forced the Japanese war machine to reevaluate their situation. By the end of the Marshal Islands campaign, senior Japanese naval and army officers realized the truth of what Admiral Yamamoto had predicted three years earlier. Japan had awoken a sleeping giant.
It was always Japan’s intention to create an inner perimeter defense of its home…
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