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Transcript of iwo jima
(Rene Gagon) (Mike Strank) (Franklin Sousley) (John Bradley) When and why did we invade Iwo Jima ? According to Bill Ross we invaded Iwo Jima on Febuary 19th. The battle ended on March 26th, 1945. We invaded Iwo Jima to get the two airfields that were located on the island. The Japenese were heavily fortified On Iwo Jima. They had dug 12 miles of tunnel and had hidden machine guns all over the island. The battle went on for only 35 days . Within those 35 days 216 were taken prisoner and the rest were killed.
The Six Flag Raisers Who were the men to raise the flag on Iwo Jima? According to John Bradley the men to raise the flag on Iwo Jima were mike strank, Harlon Block, Franklin Sously, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagon, and John Bradley. The mountain that they placed the flag on was Mt. Sarabachi. Before the flag was raised at the top of the montain there was a little American flag. The men were orderd to put up another flag, a bigger flag if you will, a bigger flag for everyone to see. As the war came to an end the president started the 7th war bond tour to debut securities to finance the purpose of the war effort. The inspiration for this bond tour was the 6 men raising the flag on Iwo Jima. The 6 men were brought back and they had big celebrations. One the flag raisers named Ira Hayes quoted "I was not a hero, the men who died back there are the men who should be called heros". Now all of the men who raised the flag are dead. How did invading Iwo Jima Help the war effort and why? According to Chris Trueman the war in Europe was coming to an end , but the war in the Pacific raged on. The battle of Iwo Jima helped the war effort by getting the airfields we needed to land the plans on the island. We were also able to produce more planes to land on the island .During that 35 day war 6,825 Americans were killed.