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Battle of Iwo Jima


Many years after the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Second World War ended, two Japanese soldier came out of hiding on the island and surrendered.
  bloody World War II battle that impressed Americans with the difficulty of invading Japanese home islands; almost all the Japanese fought to the death and American casualties outnumbered Japanese casualties (though not deaths)
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Iwo Jima Battle of Iwo Jima
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20,703 of the 21,000 defenders died fighting or by ritual suicide. Only 216 were captured during the battle. The battle was immortalized by the famous picture of six American servicemen raising the flag atop Mount Suribachi.
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  • Many years after the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Second World War ended, two Japanese soldier came out of hiding on the island and surrendered.
  • Even when he was horribly wounded—he lost most of one of his legs on Iwo Jima—he maintained a cheerfulness I could only describe as exalted, writing me letters from his hospital bed that bubbled with a mixture of joie de vivre and Swiftian corrosiveness and energy.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He got killed at a place called Iwo Jima you probably never heard of.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • She added that the least he could do was fight for his country the way her son was fighting on Iwo Jima.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • In 1957, Jim and the other football boys wore Marine uniforms and pretended to be raising the flag on Iwo Jima.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The mountain was called Suribachi; the island, Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Cash from disability checks earned with shrapnel in the neck at Wake Island or shell shock on Iwo Jima; rewards for surviving the Bataan Death March.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Although I am temporarily lodged at Castleton Academy in Pompey, New Hampshire, my home is at 1245 Iwo Jima Avenue, Fort Delta, Massachusetts.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • We were in it quite a while while the war was on, from Iwo Jima to the Philippines and then down south to Yap.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Because of my father’s legendary heroism on Iwo Jima, I did not want to be a grunt.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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  • He hit the deck like he was storming Iwo Jima.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • I got reassigned to a crew ship and hauled marines to Iwo Jima the next spring.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • When Javier turned to face Cesar, his gaze was met by a look that probably hadn’t been seen by anyone since Iwo Jima.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • I’m sure your friends in the movie business will be happy to know I’m not planning on making them remake The Sands of Iwo Jima word for word, line by line and motion by motion.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • As we meet here in this peaceful historic chamber tonight, men from the South, some of whom were at Iwo Jima, men from the North who have carried Old Glory to the far corners of the world and who brought it back without a stain on it, men from the east and from the west are all fighting together without regard to religion or color or region in Vietnam.
    Lyndon B. Johnson  --  We Shall Overcome
  • These Indians got treated the same as anyone: Wake Island, Iwo Jima.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • The flagraising on Iwo Jima became a symbol of the island, the mountain, the battle; of World War II; of the highest ideals of the nation, of valor incarnate.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "The real heroes of Iwo Jima," he said once, coming as close as he ever would, "are the guys who didn’t come back."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He opened a funeral home; fathered eight children; joined the PTA, the Lions, the Elks; and shut out any conversation on the topic of raising the flag on Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The cancellation indicated it was mailed from Iwo Jima on February 26, 1945.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The quest ended, symbolically, with my own pilgrimage to Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Not many Americans make it to Iwo Jima these days.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He offered to fly us from Okinawa to Iwo Jima on his own plane.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • American forces might have captured Iwo Jima in the early weeks of 1945, but today the island is a part of Japan’s sovereign state.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A visitor is inevitably struck by the impression that Iwo Jima is a very small place to have hosted such a big battle.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Many surviving Marines never saw a live Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The beaches of Iwo Jima had been preregistered for Japanese fire.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Then it was on to the invasion beaches, the sands of Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • More medals for valor were awarded for action on Iwo Jima than in any battle in the history of the United States.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But for half a century he was almost completely silent about Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Why was he so silent? I think the answer is summed up in his belief that the true heroes of Iwo Jima were the ones who didn’t come back.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • America believed it was another Marine, who also died on Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Iwo Jima haunted Ira, and he tried to escape his memories in the bottle.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • And so they are also a representative picture of Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I bought a book about Iwo Jima and read it.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I widened my phone searches to include living veterans of Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Then he made me promise I would be a pilot when I entered the service, that he didn’t want any son of his getting killed on some godforsaken beach like Iwo Jima, especially a son he loved as much as he did me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But two hours later, as we began our descent to Iwo Jima, the clouds suddenly parted and Suribachi loomed ahead of us bathed in bright sun, a ghost-mountain from the past thrust suddenly into our vision.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • And it was for this reason that the battle of Iwo Jima had been ordered.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • As the plane banked its wings, circling the island twice to allow us close-up photographs of Suribachi and the outlying terrain, the commandant began speaking of Iwo Jima, in a low voice, as being "holy land" and "sacred ground."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima had come to an end.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • A Marine who had island-hopped across the Pacific from Tarawa to Iwo Jima, Ed had seen the world by the time he was twenty and come back to West Virginia to forget it.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Many of the young Marines, in their giddiness, assumed that the battle of Iwo Jima was over.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Idefine myself in this way: I am the son of Thomas Patrick McLean of Savannah, Georgia, a volatile, brawling man who attended Benedictine High School and Carolina Military Institute, and as a Marine captain won a Navy Cross for his valor under fire during the invasion of Iwo Jima.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Several months later, the 2nd Battalion filed its "Action Report" for its role in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • For Easy Company, and for many thousands of other Marines, the real Battle of Iwo Jima was only about to begin.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It was inside this dark edifice that a small training staff was told in November of 1944 that "Island X" was Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Then off for the forty-day sail to Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It is a dry wasteland of black volcanic ash that stinks of sulfur ("Iwo Jima" means "sulfur island").
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Iwo Jima is an ugly, smelly place.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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