Iwo Jima during the pre-invasion bombardment looking north with Mount Suribachi in the foreground 17 February 1945.

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[Photo] Catholic mass atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, for American Marines, circa Feb or Mar 1945

Catholic mass atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, for American Marines, circa Feb or Mar 1945

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The First Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945. Marines of the 28th Regiment, Fifth Marine Division, hoist the U.S. flag on a piece of pipe, at about 1020 Hrs. after capturing the summit of Mount Suribachi. Holding the flagpole are Sergeant H.O. Hansen, Platoon Sergeant E.I. Thomas, and First Lieutenant H.G. Schrier. In the foreground Private First Class J.R. Michaels stands guard with an M-1 Carbine. Corporal C.W. Lindberg is behind him

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Rare color footage of U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima in February 1945 during the Second World War. Footage includes Marines in amphibious vehicles, combat on Mount Suribachi and the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. Footage courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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World War II: The Pacific Islands

Two U.S. Marines direct flame throwers at Japanese defenses that block the way to Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi on March 4, 1945. On the left is Pvt. Richard Klatt, of North Fond Dulac, Wisconsin, and on the right is PFC Wilfred Voegeli.

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#WW2ColourisedPhotos ..... Two US Marines direct flame throwers at Japanese defenses that block the way to Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi, February 20 1945.

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6th war dog platoon on Iwo Jima. How do I know this, you ask? That is Mount Suribachi in the background. Any Marine worth his salt can tell you that.

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Feb 19, 1945 Americans land on Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.

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