Iwo Jima Movies


 
“Sands of Iwo Jima” was a big hit for Republic Pictures and John Wayne.

 
John Wayne and the three surviving Flag Raisers. (Left to Right) Ira Hayes, John Bradley, John Wayne and Rene Gagnon.

 
John Wayne and John Bradley.

 
The survivors raise the flag again in the finale.

 
(Clockwise from left) George Schrier, John Bradley, Ira Hayes and Rene Gagnon at Union Station in Washington DC for the premiere of “Sands of Iwo Jima” 1949. Schrier led the platoon up Mt. Suribachi to raise the first flag,
Bradley was a funeral director in Wisconsin, Hayes a farmer in Arizona and Gagnon an airlines clerk in New Hampshire.

 
John Wayne being memorialized at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Wayne’s plaque is black. Black cement made from the black sands of Iwo Jima.

 
A scene from the movie “The Outsider” about Ira Hayes. Tony Curtis (far left) played Hayes. Actors playing John Bradley and Rene Gagnon meet the press.

 
Steven Spielberg acquired the movie rights. Clint Eastwood is the Director. Learn more . . . Get the Movie!

 
Also directed by Clint Eastwood, this film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers. Get the Movie!

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Shanonn May 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Are you talking about Zach Broome? He is my great uncle. I just read the interview he did with my aunt Mary Lou in 1993. Did you ever find the news reel?

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tony August 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

my great cousin was Ira Hayes and he helped raise the flag on MT. Suribachi on iwo jima

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Sean July 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

My Grandfather fought on Iwo Jima – he was in the Navy attached to the 4th Marines as a gunners mate. Is there a place that you can view the old news reels from Iwo Jima as there is supposed to be a clip showing him in a foxhole.

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Not Important July 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

A soldier was killed in duty, and was brought to the golden gates of Heaven. There, he faced God, and said, “Lord, I know I wasn’t a spiritual man. I did some things I aint proud of, and some more that you aint proud of, and I won’t be mad if you don’t let me in.” God looked down at the soldier, and then turned to the angel next to him, “Open these gates, and find him a spot with us” The angel was shocked, and said, but why? God turns to the soldier and says “This man just came from hell

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G.D. Snyder July 14, 2011 at 4:03 am

Pfc Pepper you have much to be proud of.Continuing a tradition of honor and integrity. I know. My son is a staff sergeant of 12 years service in his beloved Corps. God bless all of you.

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Robert Pepper July 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

My father served honorably on Iwo Jima in the 3rd Marines and many other battles before and after, in preparation for the invasion of Japan. He was good and faithful father that tried to instill in me the value of freedom and the expense that it required. He was a peace loving man that did not regret his time in service, carried no hatred towards anyone, because the war to end all wars ended in 1945. He passed away in March, 1999. However, I’m glad that he can’t see the looseness that many people and politians exibit towards freedom. Thank God that he and many others like him lived to express the love for me and the other Americans like me so we can defend ourselves and still speak the English language.
My father was my hero, PFC Lonnie M. Pepper, 3rd Marines

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devyn snow July 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

i was in the battle iwo jiama i saw the flag whent up

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John Dickinson January 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I served with a George Martin. i was in the 23rd Marines 4th Marine Div. George was my Sgt. He was from Kentucky

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John December 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I just watched “LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA” (Clint Eastwood). I hate war. PEACE.

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Sergio April 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I agree.

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B.J. Biringer August 22, 2010 at 12:34 am

Everytime I read about Iwo Jima or see the movies, I always think of my grandfather who fought and survived the battle. Later he would go on to serve in Korea at the Chosoin Reservoir. He passed away due to a heart attack when I was only 3 years old. He was only 48 at the time, and what I wouldn´t give to have had more memories with him, and the opportunity to ask him about what he lived at Iwo Jima. My father has told me some things, but I wish I knew what unit, platoon, etc. he was in. His name was Charles L. Biringer and he was a Seargent.
Thanks for this great site. Along with the books, movies, and hsi Christmas train I still have, this also gives me back a piece of my grandfather that I miss so much.

B.J. Biringer

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Guilet August 11, 2010 at 7:03 am

Rick, bless you and all of the U.S. military personnel serving our great country in Iraq and Afganistan. You all are the heroes of our times. Please take care , and come home safely to your family

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SAS July 13, 2010 at 3:10 am

Each of these movies does a great job showing a little of what Iwo Jima was like. The only flaw in all three is that they do not explain to the audiences that the reason for taking Iwo Jima was to have airports for our bombers and their crews who were crashing into the Pacific and dying. That is why we could not wait and starve them out. My Dad as a young Marine was bitter that they did not shell and bomb for a few more days but the underground caves, tunnels and bunkers that are now exposed cured him of those feelings. He now realizes the way Iwo was fortified they were landing in Hell no matter what.
His only complaint about the John Wayne movie was that most of the actors were old men not the young boys in their late teens and early twenties that fought and died on Iwo Jima.
My DAd told me that more than 100,000 air force crew members had their lives saved by Iwo Jima’s airstrips and those bombing raids help to soften up the Japs and destroy most of their war factories. He said many of the Marines knew they were putting their lives on the line for those factories and supply centers to be destroyed by our Air Force. He had told me that captured pilots and crews were stoned, stabbed with bayonets, and on outer Islands eaten. Many pilots knew their missions were a one way trip if their planes hit strong winds or suffered any damage and as scared as the Marines were going in to Iwo they couldn’t do less than those flight crews for their country or their fellow serive men.

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Geneva Glover May 25, 2010 at 2:05 am

It seems Ira Hayes was tormented for having been labeled an Iwo Jima Flag raising hero. Just replaying Louis Charlo’s part in the second flag raising, to picture the ‘token’ American Indian didn’t leave him with any pride. Thank you Jack, for recognizing the true six brave men, who under fire, raised the first flag at Iwo Jima. My father, his four brothers and Louis Charlo left the safety of the beautiful Flathead Reservation in Montana to serve their country.

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Jack Kilmon May 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Iwo Jima was the turning point of the Pacific War and produced 23,000 American Casualties. The raising of the flag was a symbolic action that acted as a catalyst for Amarican morale. In the vicissitudes of history, the first brave men who scaled Mount Suribachi while still iunder fire and with Japanese still in caves, to raise the first smaller flag are often forgotten. Ernest “Boots” Thomas, Charles Lindberg, Hank Hensen,Louis Charlo, Ray Jacobs and George Schrier (who also helped raise the second flag) should be equally honored.

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Sue Dunlap April 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Rick, bless you and all of the U.S. military personnel serving our great country in Iraq and Afganistan. You all are the heroes of our times. Please take care , and come home safely to your family

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sue dunlap April 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Please know that my heart is so saddened to learn of your dad’s suicide. What a terrible loss for your mom and her children. Do know however that his contribution to our country was immense.You must be so proud of him. As a history teacher,I keep the memory of these brave men very much alive to my high school students.

S. Dunlap

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Dana Julius March 31, 2010 at 9:43 pm

great post thanks!, love to see more posts from you.

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Ramona March 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I just watched Sand Of Iwo Jima. I have seen it many times. I am grateful to these heroes for their service and dedication. My words are inadequate to express the gratitude I feel in seeing this movie and knowing real men died serving our country. All I can do is pray for the mens safe return home. If I could I would send cookies or some thing. Just has a way to express gratitude and something tolet the men and women know they are appreciated. Thank You.

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Amanda Winkelmann March 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

this is truly a heartbrecking moment for me when i saw my great grandfather in the picture of them raising the flag.

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MSgt. James E. Conover, USMC (Ret) February 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

CORRECTION:

I should have said “Flags of our Fathers”. I will report to the “Rose Garden” now. LOL

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MSgt. James E. Conover, USMC (Ret) February 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Please let it be known that Marines from Montfort Point also landed on Iwo Jima. In fact, the national president of the Montfort Point Marines Association met with Clint Eastwood to request that African Americans be depicted in the movie: “Letters From Father”.

As a Platoon Sertgeant at Marine Barracks, Washington, DC; it I always seem to stand taller when we performed at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

In closing, imagine this. I knew two female twins named…Iwo and Jima! Can you imagine living with those names? LOL

“An Uncommon Valor, Was A Common Virtue”…inscribed on the US Marine Corps Memorial. What does that mean to you?

God Bless all Marines and their families were ever you are

Semper Fidelis

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MSgt. James E. Conover, USMC (Ret0 February 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I am a Cold War and Vietnam Veteran. I am very proud of you, your Mom (A Marine Wife) and your Marine Dad for his service to God, Country and Corps.

Semper Fidelis

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Richard Lewis February 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

A man stands up for himself,a real man stands up for those who cant. Thank you all for your bravery and uncommon valor. This post is for my Father John P.Lewis Korean War. God bless you all.

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Mahaley February 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

My father was in Iwa Jima also, and even though he survived the war, he did not survive. He committed suicide at the young age of 36, after almost drinking himself to death. My Mother said he never drank before, but was tortured by the memories.
I never knew him..but I am very proud of him.

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