|During World War II in the Pacific, landing craft bring the first wave of American troops to invade Iwo Jima, February 1945.
|U.S. Marines of the 5th Division inch their way up a slope toward Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, which is defended by seven Japanese Battalions. By nightfall, 566 Marines were killed and 1,854 wounded. February 19, 1945.
|Now off the beaches, Marines storm Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
|An observer who spotted a machine gun nest finds its location on a map to send the information to artillery or mortars to wipe out the position.
|A shell explodes at the Base of Mount Suribachi. Below: From the crest of Mount Suribachi, the Stars and Stripes wave in triumph over Iwo Jima after U.S. Marines had fought their way inch by inch up its steep lava-encrusted slopes. By March 16, when Iwo Jima was declared secured, 6,821 Americans and 21,000 Japanese (the entire force) had died. (Photo credits: courtesy U.S. National Archives)
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