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United States Marine Corps War Memorial

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United States Marine Corps Memorial.

United States Marine Corps Memorial, Washington, D.C.                 Footnotes

For the Identity of the six men depicted in the tableau - Click Here

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The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful Nation’s esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most iconic photos of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States, since 1775.

The Marine Corps War Memorial depicts the raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi on 23 February 1945 by U.S. Marines in World War II during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The monument is located in Arlington, Virginia on a 7½-acre tract of land managed by the Department of the Interior. The site is on a hill approximately 100 feet above the Potomac River, and offers a scenic view of the Nation’s capital.

Iwo Jima, which means Sulfur Island, was strategically important as an air base for fighter escorts supporting long-range bombing missions against mainland Japan. Because of the distance between mainland Japan and U.S. bases in the Mariana Islands, the capture of Iwo Jima would provide an emergency landing strip for crippled B-29 planes returning from bombing runs. The seizure of Iwo would allow for sea and air blockades, the ability to conduct intensive air bombardment and to destroy the enemy's air and naval capabilities. The seizure of Iwo Jima was deemed necessary, but the prize would not come easy. The fighting that took place during the 36-day assault would be immortalized in the words of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who said, "Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

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Our original webpage story "The Story of Iwo Jima, the Six Boys and 13 Hands"

has been removed due to copyright issues.

Read the full story here: http://www.hearttouchers.com/iwojima

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Personal insights into the battle to capture Mount Suribachi and subsequent flag raising on Iwo Jima have been provided  by Blaine Schriver, name changed as a privacy courtesy, a very close friend and Marine Corps Veteran of these WWII Pacific battle campaigns; Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima and again during the Korean War, that I've had the privilege of knowing for some 40+ years.

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Footnotes: Click Text Links for additional in-depth information.

(1) The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was fought between August 7, 1942 and February 9, 1943 on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre of World War II.

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(2) The Bloody Battle of Tarawa, 1943.

The islet group of Tarawa, about 2,400 miles southwest of Hawaii, was held by the Japanese from 1941 to 1943 during World War II, and it fell to U.S. Marines of the Second Division after a bloody 76-hour battle. Tarawa's military significance lay in its strategic position as the entrance of the U.S. push through the central Pacific to the Philippine Islands. The 76 hour Battle of Tarawa was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, largely fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943.

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(3) The Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19 – March 26, 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a battle in which the United States fought for and captured this Japanese held island stronghold.

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The American flag at Mount Suribachi on 23 February 1945

by U.S. Marines in World War II during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Blaine (WGS)

Schriver

holding his

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"Sniper"

rifle.

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shown right to left: Blaine (WGS - age 17) Schriver, Radioman Raymond Jacobs, Sgt. Hank Hansen, hidden by flag pole (currently unidentified), marine with his back toward camera Phil Ward, directly in back of Ward is John Bradley, further back (with helmet at a cocked angle is Harlon Block, (unidentified marine no helmet) far left is Lt. Harold Schrier.

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(4) Joseph John Rosenthal (October 9, 1911 – August 20, 2006) was an American photographer who received the Pulitzer Prize for his iconic World War II photograph of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima on Friday, February 23, 1945 at around 1:00 PM.

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(5) The Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) is a military memorial statue outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery and next to the Netherlands Carillon, in Arlington, Virginia, in the United States. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine Corps who have died in the defense of their country since 1775. The design of the massive sculpture by Felix de Weldon was based on the iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

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