Although only about four miles long, Iwo Jima harbored over 22,000 Japanese soldiers and marines in a cave and tunnel network of volcanic shingle fortified by cement that was largely impervious to the US bombing over many months. Historian Ed Gordon will relate the heroic sacrifices made by members of the Marine Corps in the bloody combat to secure this island. This five-week battle took the lives of over 6,800 Americans and another 19,000 were severely wounded. Twenty-seven Marines were awarded Medals of Honor.
Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon
Our Heroes RETURN Commemorative Programs
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