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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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