U.S. Marine Corps photo by Joe Rosenthal/Released 450223-M-0000R-001.jpg
Feb 23, 1945
On Feb. 19, 1945, 30,000 Marines and sailors launched the first American assault against the Japanese on the island of Iwo Jima, resulting in some of the fiercest fighting of World War II. This moment of the battle was captured Feb. 23 by photographer Joe Rosenthal and made it one of the most distinguished battles of the war. More than 6,800 Americans perished in the 36-day fight 65 years ago.
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