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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Robert O'Neil November 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Dear Mr. Bradley
The information regarding the “Buddy to the Rescue” picture taken by Corporal Eugene Jones on Iwo Jima should include some proof. It probably doesn’t because you have none.
The shorter man is Nick Dalphonse and he told the story of him helping fellow cook Robert J. O’Neil to a local newspaper. I have everything at http://www.saipanandiwojima.com on five pages.
Others have tried to claim that picture and one sought a forensics person to claim it was their father George Smyth.
Nice site, but the names next to that picture are wrong and should contain proof. Rutan has admitted it was not him.
Sincerely
Robert O’Neil

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Cynthia Bump Underwood September 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

The “Unidentified Injured Marine” is Richard H Bump, from Otego, NY
Quantico should be able to take this picture and the official Marine picture
and put a name to the face.

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Coke Okeeffe November 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm

That speeks to me. Boy am I sorry for them. (*_*)

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Coke November 30, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Sup Henry! (*_*)

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SAS December 19, 2009 at 1:59 am

Dear Mr.Bradley
My Dad Cpt.Patrick Donlan fought on Iwo Jima. Many books tell how he lost his leg on Hill382 known as the Meatgrinder. He enjoyed the copy of your book I gave to him. He is still alive.His mind goes back to Kawajalien,Marshall Islands, Sapian, and Tinian , Mariana Islands and Iwo Jima, Volcanic Islands. His company took Hill 382and for all purposes died there. He thinks about the boys he fought with that died all the time. He lost his leg below the knee on Hill 382 the rest was cut off on the hospital ship due to gas gangrene. Major [now Col.{Ridlon came to our homestead to ask my DAd to take part in the formal return of the Island to the Japense Gov’t. My Dad couldn’t because it was the last place he walked on two legs and his men in Company E 4th Marine Divison Second Battalion 24th Marine Regiment died on that Hill called the Meatgrinder. I grew up knowing about the first flag raising, the windtalkers {Nav.radiomen} and things most people still don’t know about. Because my Mom was an Army nurse on the hospital ship Thistle for the invasion of Italy, Sicily and North Africa my parents who were high school sweethearts exchanged war experiences at the supper table when I was little. Unlike your Dad my Dad relived his experiences over and over because he rose in rank from 2nd Lt. to Captain due to Battle field promotions and questioned over and over in his mind his decisions that may have caused the life of the soldiers under him and his failure to stand up to Officers above him when they made poor choices. It has haunted him his whole life. He felt he had to live a good life for the boys he fought with that did not have a life and tried to conduct himself in a way that would honor the men he fought with and who died. He just celebrated his 90th birthday last month. His mind goes back to those Islands and he relives the deaths of the young men he served with over and over. He lives with ghosts.

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Wade King February 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Hello im in love with you

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Albert Neal February 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

It was a terrible tragedy for all those poor young people who were cut down when they were barely out of high school. All of their hopes,dreams,and aspirations ended on that God forsaken island and many others like it. Thank you for remembering them and thank you for caring!

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eugene wieczorek February 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

don’t ever forget the men, who died.

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Jake M Prosser February 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I too, have these last few days, have thought about the batle at Iwo Jima. I was there with the 3rd. div. 12 mrines. My thoughts are more toward those who did not make back home, but gave their all, I wonder what contrubutions that these men would have made in our world if they had been spared. My prayer is that they made it to be with our Heavenly Father. God bless their memories and the family they left behind. May God bless all who serve in our armed forces today and may He keep them safe.
God Bless The Marine Corps amd God Bless
U.S.A.

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Mahaley February 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

May I ask your father’s age. My father Elmer (Bud) Spivey was in Iwo Jima and even though he survived, he couldn’t live with the memeories and committed suicide at the age of 36, 2 days after my second birthday. He would be 84.I guess I’m just serching for memeories. Even though I never knew him, I’m very proud to call him Dad. God Bless.

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Donald Burrell February 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm

First I want to say how sorry of your loss. My Vietnam experence has dwarfed my live with night mares and a video tape of all my battle fatigue.I can’t immagine the horror of that battle.We lost more than 6,849 Dead and 25,000 casulaties. I am proud of your father too.The highest traditions of the Marine Corps were brought forth. “Uncommon Valor,is a common Virtue.” All those marines then and now are proud of not only their sacfrice but,our famous moment in history. “God Bless all that Died then and since.”

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Donald Burrell February 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

My father is 92 years old,he was in European Theater, he was 3rd wave of Normandy (Omaha Beach) prisoner of war in the Battle of the Buldge. 3rd amour Div under Patton. U.S Army.A real good friend of mine, his uncle was on Iwo Jima, he died March 13.1945.My email is usmcm34@cox.net,feel free to email. “May God Bless you and your Family.”

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Donald Burrell February 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

“God Bless all Americans,past,present and future.” We will never forget their Sacrifice.” To serve this great Nation has been my Honor. “Virtue exalts a Nation,sin is their own disgrace.”

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vallen March 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Bless all that have fallen and fought for us…we are truly greatful!!

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bailey March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

thank God for all who fought and sacrificed for our nation and the world during those years. I only hope my generation has the guts to do what ever is needed to beat the ememy like they did!

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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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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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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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Cecilia March 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

AMEN!!!!!!

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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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kevin smith March 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

thank you all ive learned so much about this battle

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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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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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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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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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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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