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The 5th Marine Division, Khe Sahn - 1967


1945 - US Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Div, raise the flag of the United States on Mount Iwo Jima

Feb 19, 1945 Americans land on Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.

The first Flag Raising at Iwo Jima, Feb. 23, 1945

Iwo Jima during the pre-invasion bombardment looking north with Mount Suribachi in the foreground 17 February 1945.


Iwo Jima, Marines pose in front of the flag they just raised


Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945: US Marine corpsmen come to the aid of a wounded comrade against the backdrop of a smashed up Japanese pillbox. The barrel protruding out of the pillbox is a Japanese 120mm AA gun Type 3.

Iwo Jima landing beach, 19 February, 1945.

Iwo Jima , March 1945: The caption reads "Corporal Edward Burckhardt, of Yonkers, New York, sports a kitten that he found at the base of Suribachi Yama on the battlefield at Iwo Jima when he came ashore with the 5th Marine Division." From the Holland Smith Collection (COLL/2949) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections