Another pivotal section of the book looks into the Japanese forces on the island their way of thinking and their strategy for the defense of Iwo
The Marines on Iwo
Jima accomplished great things; today their legacy continues and I see it everyday in the Sailors and Marines on board USS Iwo
Some idea of the intenseness of the combat on Iwo
Jima might be realized when you know that of 27 Medals of Honor awarded to Marines and sailors, 13 were given posthumously.
Though the infamous battle site's name has changed to Iwo
To since the war ended, the island has shown little to no change since the invasion more than 67 years ago.
Also this month, Operation Home of The Brave will honor Iwo
Jima survivors from the Marine Corps and Navy.
What's not debatable is the boost in American morale - and in the reputation of the Marine Corps - that resulted from the capture of Iwo
As it turns out, Thalman was one of the many Iwo
Jima Sailors volunteering at that very location that day.
George Wahlen's Medal of Honor citation, after summarizing the details of his actions on Iwo
Jima, concludes: "By his dauntless fortitude and valor, Wahlen served as a constant inspiration and contributed vitally to the high morale of his company during critical phases of this strategically important engagement.
The author does well in explaining the strategic importance of Iwo
Jima and just why it was so necessary for the U.
VII Fighter Command participated in the seizure and consolidation of that island group and, more importantly, gained valuable experience in long-range operations, escorting B-24 Liberators on strikes to Iwo
Jima and Truk from its base in Saipan.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is also preparing for one of the largest gatherings of living Iwo
Jima veterans and their families to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo
Military to tell the story of the Iwo
Jima battle, during which Marines sustained their heaviest casualties of the war.