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|The US Air Force pounded Iwo in the longest sustained aerial offensive
of the war. "No other island recieved as much preliminary pounding as
did Iwo Jima.
...Admiral Nimitz, CINPAC
|Historians described U.S. forces' attack against the Japanese defense as
"throwing human flesh against reinforced concrete."
Easy Company started with 310 men. We suffered 75% casualties.
Only 50 men boarded the ship after the battle. Seven officers went
into the battle with me.
"Only one--me--walked off Iwo."
. . . Captain Dave Severance, Easy Company Commander
(the Flag Raising Company)
|More US Marines earned the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima than
in any other battle in US History.
In 36 days of fighting there were 25,851 US casualties
(1 in 3 were killed or wounded). Of these, 6,825 American boys
were killed. Virtually all 22,000 Japanese perished.