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Transcript of Iwo Jima
Place for crippled B-29s to return after a bombing run
Destroy the enemy's air and naval capabilities United States
Admiral Raymond A. Spraunce February 19- March 26, 1945 Hard to fight
Volcanic sand made it hard to maneuver
Japanese had many bunkers, caves, and tunnels The Battle Iwo Jima Japan
Lieutentant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi Iwo Jima -Mainly fought by the Marines
Navy and Army support through supply efforts, medical care, and air and naval gunfire. Hard to destroy the Japanese artillery
Japan had reinforced steel doors
-open to fire
-close so no counter fire could get in to the machinery Mount Suribachi With the help of duel bombings and naval artillery, Marines got past the beaches and captured Mt. Suribachi on the first day. Mt.
Suribachi Results American
Victory Death Count
18,917 Japanese More than 26,000 American casualties
-only battle where Marines casualties outnumbered the Japanese -Only 1,083 survived Medal Of Honors American Soldiers earned a total of 27 Medal of Honors More than any other single operation during the war Left: Navy Corpsman George Wahlen receiving medal of honor for actions in Iwo Jima
Right: A picture of the Medal of Honor given to those for their personal acts of valor beyond the call of duty. Long Term Results Led to the battle of Okinawa Gave Americans a base to fall back on Robert "Bobby" Dunlap From Abingdon, IL
October 19, 1920- March 24, 2000
Received Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with one star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 bronze stars, WWII Victory Medal
On February 20, he went before his troops and crawled to see where the enemy fire was. He was Shot six days later in the hip and had to leave the battle. Medal Ribbons Top to
Bottom Medal of Honor
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with four bronze stars)
World War II Victory Medal Raising of the Flags February 23, 1945 40 men assembled at the base of Mount Suribachi while encountering no enemy fire. When they reached the top, the flag sent a wave of strength to the men below as a symbol of victory.
Hours later a bigger flag was hoisted. To this day is has become a symbol of the Spirit of the Corps to all Marines. Technology Innovation Sherman M4A3R3
- A tank equipped with a flame thrower Japanese Started to run out of food, water, and most supplies but fought to their death.
Burned by Sherman M4A3R3 tanks The End!