Battle of Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima, a small island a few hundred miles from the Japanese homeland, was secured by U.S. Marines in a bitter, 36-day battle in February-March 1945, during the final months of World War II. The battle for Iwo Jima, against stubborn Japanese resistance, was one of the bloodiest of the war. The seizure of Iwo Jima was prominent in American plans as a staging area for the potential invasion of Japan’s home islands, while its airfields would serve as emergency landing strips for damaged American heavy bombers returning from raids against Japanese cities. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz said that at Iwo Jima, “…uncommon valor was a common virtue.”