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We are Iwo

February 26, 2020

We are Iwo: Medal of Honor recipient Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class George E. Wahlen

As the Marines stormed the beaches during World War II, Navy hospital corpsmen were alongside them for every battle in the Pacific. During the violent Battle of Iwo Jima, hospital corpsmen’s medical...

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February 26, 2020

We are Iwo: Medal of Honor recipient PFC Douglas T. Jacobson

After returning home from the Battle of Iwo Jima and receiving the Medal of Honor, PFC Douglas T. Jacobson’s dedication to the Marine Corps was far from finished.A native of Rochester, New York,...

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February 26, 2020

We are Iwo: Medal of Honor recipient Private Wilson “Doug” Watson

The Battle of Iwo Jima, a brutal but defining moment in Marine Corps history, was filled with uncommon valor and heroic actions by Marines and Sailors. Marines like, Private Wilson “Doug” Watson,...

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February 21, 2020

We are Iwo: Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams

The only surviving Marine to have received the Medal of Honor during World War II, Cpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams, remembers the sound of the waves crashing along the shore upon arrival in Iwo Jima in...

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Concert at NMMC Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising
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Feb. 23, 2020 | 01:09:55
Concert at NMMC Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising
Defense Media Activity - Marines
Feb. 23, 2020 | 01:09:55
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Iwo Jima U.S. Navy veteran Mort Block, at right, observes the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima sunset ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15, 2020. Twenty-eight Iwo Jima veterans attended the event, which is the final commemoration ceremony scheduled by the Iwo Jima Commemorative Committee and included a wreath laying, 21-gun artillery salute, a remembrance for the fallen with “Taps”, and a traditional cake-cutting ceremony featuring the oldest and youngest Marines present. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rachel Mendieta)
Sgt. Ross F. Gray was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima on Feb. 21, 1945.
Marines fire on Japanese fortifications on Iwo Jima on, or shortly after, Feb. 19, 1945.
Marines land on Iwo Jima, Feb. 19, 1945.
U.S. Marines raise the flag atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Feb. 23, 1945.
The battleship USS New York fires its 14-inch guns on Japanese encampments on Iwo Jima, Feb. 16, 1945, in preparation for the Marine landings.
Iwo Jima veteran Marine Cpl. Samuel Prestigiacomo attends the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima sunset ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.
Sgt. Alejandra Cabrera, left, and Sgt. Mariela Quiles, both administrative specialists from Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations-West, carry the wreath at the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.
Iwo Jima veterans, along with more than 100 others in attendance, stand and salute during the national anthem at the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima sunset ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.
Retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Len Maffioli, an Iwo Jima veteran and master of ceremonies, waits for the start of the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima sunset ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.
Marine Iwo Jima veteran Pfc. Dell Littrell poses for a photo before the start of the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima sunset ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.
Twenty-eight Iwo Jima veterans and members of the Iwo Jima Commemorative Committee pose for a group photo after the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.
Iwo Jima Marine veteran Thomas H. Begay, center, a Navajo Code Talker, shares his scrapbook of photos from his time as a Marine to Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, right,  commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Maj. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, left, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, before the start of the 75th Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima sunset ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 15.