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.