The Battle – Epilogue

Arthur Reynolds helping Bert Rutan. More US Marines earned the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima than in any other battle in US History.

In 36 days of fighting there were 25,851 US casualties (1 in 3 were killed or wounded).

Of these, 6,825 American boys were killed. Virtually all 22,000 Japanese perished.

“Angels in the Air” Ensign Gwendolyn Jensen, a Navy flight nurse, caring for a seriously wounded Marine on an Iwo Jima airstrip. The nurse’s plane landed under intense mortar fire. Jensen was one of many nurses who braved enemy fire to evacuate wounded Marines.
The Marines’ effort provided a vital link in the U.S.chain of bomber bases. By war’s end, 2,400 B-29 bombers carrying 27,000 crewman had made emergency landings on Iwo Jima.

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Ben D June 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm

The first photo on the page is incorrectly labeled, It depicts Nick Dalphonse (my grandfather) assisting Robert O’Neil on Iwo Jima. The photo was taken by Eugene Jones Feb 20 1945

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Joshua Ramsdell June 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Ben,
Did you mean Edward Eugene Jones? He was my grandfather and would love to know more if you a able to shed some light on the past events. He was a Captain in the Marines and told me he was there when they stood up the flag. There is not much else I know because he would never speak of it.

Thank you for helping if you can.

Joshua Jones Ramsdell

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Phil illard February 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Retired Marine here, not a bad story of the battle for Iwo Jima, but there is one GLARING inaccuracy here. One does not in your words “earn” the Medal Of Honor, it is not a Merit Badge, nor is it a salary. The Medal Of Honor is AWARDED to it’s recipients for acts of valor “Above and Beyond” the call of duty.

You do a great dis-service to the 3,480 Medal Of Honor recipients by stating they “earned” the Medal Of Honor, like it is some sort of good job award.

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mike February 22, 2014 at 3:20 am

Don’t die on that hill…earn, awarded…whatever
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Haley Moniz April 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Wow…. I had no idea there were so many casualties. Thank you to everyone who served this country, you risked and gave your lives to protect us and that won’t soon be forgotten. I’m writing a paper for my World History class, and if anyone is willing to help me with stories or personal accounts, please email me at Moniz_Haley@yahoo.com

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Cade M. Sharp March 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I just want to the thank the brave men who fought on Iwo Jima, you guys were the inspiration that led to me enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Thank you to all those who have and are still this great country Semper Fi.

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John April 13, 2012 at 2:27 am

I would like to e-mail you some photos I have come across, if you have the time. My second cousin, Sgt. Kenny Lowe died on Iwo Jima March 11, 1945.
Thanks-John
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81457231

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Karen Marcou Minor April 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Yes, the shorter man is definately Nick Dalphonse, my uncle. I first saw the photo in Time magazine and knew immediately who it was. There is no mistaking that face!

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Richard Henderson March 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I am looking for anyone who might have known my cousin Jack O. Chandler “A” Company 1st. Battalion 21st. Marines. He was killed on March 7, 1945. He was born in Grangeville, Idaho October 7, 1925.
I would greatly appreciate any information about him.
Sincerely, Richard L. Henderson richardl@gci.net

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Gary Roy March 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm

A website of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association
http://www.SOSIwoJima.com

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Alexis Albert February 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thank you soliders for fighting1 I am so honored to say that I pray everday for you guyses Safty! God bless you!

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lulu vontuse February 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

thanks to all who fought in this war. Yall are super amazing. God will surely bless everyone.

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Judith Laramie Brown August 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

Trying to get in touch with Alan R. Matthews grandson. My father Raymond J. Laramie served with Mr. Matthews in Iwo Jima, and Mr. Matthews told my father that if he got home, he was going to write a book. Well, he did and it is called “The Assault”. Never heard my father speak of the battle, but heard this story about the book all my life. Mr. Matthews also wrote a poem about me when I was born. I believe it was called “My Little Girl”. I would love to get a copy of this as my mother lost her copy through the years. This has been a search for me most of my Life also. My father is the Laramie in the book. His name was Raymond J. Laramie from Franklin NH. Thank you for this website. It means a lot to me and thousands of others.

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logan dole July 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm

my grandfather was on iwo for the hole battle if you wood like i can give you his story

semper fi

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Mark Miller July 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

My father, Norris Miller, was a corpsman with the 3rd battalion, 9th regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He was on Iwo. He is still living, now in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Bill Gamble October 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Have you read the book, “Combat Surgeon” by James Vedder? He was with 3rd Division on Iwo. He also happened to be my pediatrician when I was a kid in the 70′s.

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Lt.COL Milton Raphael, USMC Retired June 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Thanks for your information, and for honoring those who fought,
with special honor to the 6000 plus who paid the ultimate with their young lives in the battle of Iwo Jima.

I am trying to connect with any remaining members of:
Company A. 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Iwo Jima,
Also,I would welcome information from any family members
or friends of Iwo Jima vets.

I too was a young 2nd Lieutenant who took over A company on or about March 4th upon the WIA of Capt. Harbin and KIA of my classmate Dean Murphy. I am now 87 years young — Praise The Lord !! To Him be the glory !!

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Karen Dyson June 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

My brother was Richard W. Pearson, 5th marine division died on Iwo on March 13, 1945 age 18. I would like to hear from anyone that may of known Dick as I was only 7 when he died. I have a picture of him sitting on the ground talking with Ira Hayes with Mt. Sirabchi in background. He was a little guy was almost to short to get into the corp but finished high school in the first semester so he could enlist. He is now in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii and someday I hope to visit his grave before I leave this earth. Sister, Karen

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Chris Tjapkes May 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I thank God for all those who served. My second cousin was a 19 year old Marine private who landed on Iwo Jima and survived 9 days before making the supreme sacrifice. He had been in the corp less than a year. God bless all!

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Megan Schoening May 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I am so glad that we won this battle. It really ment a lot in the war. Praise god for every soul that faught. <3 Im proud to be an american, were atleast I know im free. I won’t forget tthe men who died who gave that right to me and I proudly stand uppp. Next to you and defend her still today, God bless the USA! I love this land!

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Steve May 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

Yes they were brave and we owe them so very much… but I think Jesus had nothing to do with the courage for some. Quite a number of people who weren’t Christian or not religious were brave during that battle. For those that perished for their country, I believe they are now at peace and slumber throughout eternity. My non Christian neighbor was and is one of them.

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Curtis DiDomizio March 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

God bless our veterans and troops because without their bravery, sacrafice and heroism we would not be a free country. We need to put god back into America because since he has been replaced the blood shed for our freedom and the prayers that brought men back and that gave them the stregth to carry on will have been in vein. Thank you Jesus for giving our veterans the courage to over come the evil that men do.

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kevin smith March 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

thank you all ive learned so much about this battle

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Stan C March 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I would just like to thank each and every one of you that participated in this.It must be difficult dealing with the people in society today that don’t appreciate what you went through.It makes me furious to see how people take things like this battle for granted.With no appreciation at all.As close as I ever got to the military,was getting my draft card.Then they ended the draft for the Vietnam war,two weeks after I got my card.Thank you so much!

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Cecilia March 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

AMEN!!!!!!

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hheertgg March 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

The Marine Cemetery may no longer be on Iwo Jima but I strongly believe that what President Lincoln said at Gettysburg applies on every battle ground and associated cemetary around the world.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

God bless all that have served our country but especially the Navy – Marine team

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JOE March 12, 2010 at 2:37 am

My grandfather was with the 3rd Marine Div. With the help of him i’m writting a biography of the time he served. He was in the 21st,what regiment were you with? Thank you for allowing me to walk the streets in a “free” country.

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Roy Benson March 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

The Marine Cemetery may no longer be on Iwo Jima but I strongly believe that what President Lincoln said at Gettysburg applies on every battle ground and associated cemetary around the world.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln

God bless all that have served our country but especially the Navy – Marine team

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