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Marines take a meal break behind the wreckage of a downed Japanese aircraft during a lull in their fierce battle on Iwo Jima — February (Photo: Eugene Smith, Time/LIFE)

With his hands in the air, the first of 20 Japanese emerges from a cave on Iwo Jima, on April 5, 1945. The group had been hiding for several days.	 (AP Photo/U.S. Army Signal Corps)

Japanese troops being captured by Americans on Iwo Jima, Japan, 5 Apr Of the Japanese soldiers entrenched on the island, died either from fighting or by ritual suicide. Only 216 were captured during the battle. The US suffered casualties, including KIAs.

US 4th Division Marines Landing on Iwo Jima

Marines hit the beach and charge over a dune on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands Feb.

Four US Marines cleared out a cave with BAR small arms and grenades Iwo Jima circa February-March 1945.

Four US Marines cleared out a cave with BAR small arms and grenades Iwo Jima circa February-March

Iwo Jima: Three Marines doze off surrounded by empty shells and heavy caterpillars on the volcanic sands of Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima (19 Feb - 26 March 1945) was the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which the overall American casualties (killed and wounded) exceeded those of the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths were thrice those of the Americans throughout the battle. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner.

Surrounded by empty shells, US Marines catch a few minutes of rest on the volcanic sand beaches of Iwo Jima, March

A carbine-equipped US Marine on Iwo Jima, Feb 1945; note M8 grenade launcher attached to the muzzle of the weapon

[Photo] A carbine-equipped US Marine on Iwo Jima, Feb 1945; note M8 grenade launcher attached to the muzzle of the weapon

A carbine-equipped US Marine on Iwo Jima, Feb note grenade launcher attached to the muzzle of the weapon

On June 22, 1945 the U.S. overcomes the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

historywars: On June 1945 the U. overcomes the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

A U.S. Marine views dead Japanese soldiers that were blasted out of a pillbox on Iwo Jima, on March 3, 1945.

Marine views dead Japanese soldiers that were blasted out of a defensive pillbox on a hill above the beach during the Battle of Iwo Jima (codename: Operation Detachment). The battle for control of the tiny island would result in the deaths of.

WWII US Marines on Iwo Jima Poster by historicimage. Devil dogs of the .

US Marines pose with the Japanese flag, after capturing the island of Iwo Juma. ( C Joseph Schwartz/CORBIS.) Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversary | History | Smithsonian.

Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversary

US Marines pose with the Japanese flag, after capturing the island of Iwo Juma. ( C Joseph Schwartz/CORBIS.) Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its Anniversary

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Marines firing a Browning machine gun during the fighting on the island of Peleliu, September In the foreground, another Marine fires a Browning Automatic Rifle [BAR] (Browning Both weapons belong to the realm of firearm legends.

Men of the US Marine Corps 22nd Regiment taking position on Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, 17-21 Feb 1944

Men of the US Marine Corps Regiment taking position on Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, Feb 1944

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