26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue

26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue

Jacob Miller - July 17, 2017

26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Bombs from U.S. Army 7th Air Force planes are seen here about to fall on Iwo Jima. Although tiny, the island is the only major airbase between the Marianas and Japan. It is the last air barrier before the home islands, guarding the southeastern approach to the Empire. U.S. planes bomb it again and again. Funker530
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Cpl. Edward Burckhardt found this kitten at the base of Mount Suribachi as the Marines were advancing. This image shows a completely different side of the bloody fight for Mount Suribachi. funker530
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Smashed by Japanese mortar and shellfire, trapped by Iwo’s treacherous black-ash sands, amtracs and other vehicles of war lay knocked out on the black sands of the volcanic fortress. ca. February/March 1945. US Navy Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Robert Warren
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Marines hiding in Japanese trenches after clearing them of enemy soldiers. US Marine Corps
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
U.S. Marines clearing out a cave on Iwo Jima. Pinterest
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Marines take cover as they begin their clime up Mount Suribachi. Scouting
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Marines torch a Japanese defensive position from a short distance with flamethrowers. The flamethrowers were an effective weapon for burning out entrenched Japanese fighters who would have otherwise fought to the death. funker530
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Mount Suribachi looming in the distance. US Marine Corp
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Sailors and Coast Guardsmen continued to land materials at the secure beachheads, giving the Marines more ammunition and other supplies. US Coast Guard Photagrapher’s Mate 2nd Class Paul Queenan
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Marines posing with a captured Japanese Flag. National Park Service
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
Flag Raising on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
When the Marines first took the summit, they flew an American flag they had carried up. When it was spotted by Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal, Forrestal asked to keep it. The Marines gave him the flag and planted a second one in its place. US Marine Corps Staff Sergreant Louis Lowery
26 Photographs of the Heroes of Iwo Jima, Where Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
This is the photograph Joe Rosenthal thought was going to have the most impact when his film reel went home. Little did he know that it was the image of the Marines raising the flag on Suribachi that would be a sensation. funker530

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