Iwo Jima Today

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John November 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Would love to have a description of what the pictures are of, although most are just landscape pictures. It would be interesting to know what the structures are in some of the pictures. Any cave pictures?


Kevin Donkin November 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I think the pictures are brilliant. Well obviously that is mount sirabaji on the end of the island. I see they must have erected a memorial on the mount. You can see that is a volcanic island.

My love goes to the brave young men who took the island.



Ashn November 16, 2009 at 6:14 am

I pay my respects the honourable soldiers that bravely defended iwo jima. without reinforcement from the mainland


Sgt Gonsalves Eco 2/6 2nd Mar Div November 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I had the distinct honor of spending two days on Iwo Jima. There are still sunken troop carriers off the beaches. Japanese machine gun nests throughout, along with empty shells scattered through out the island. Tunnels are filled with pottery, tables, and uniforms of what I believe were the Japanese soldiers who died wearing them. On the top of Suribachi there is a monument wall with dogtags left from Marines wayt back in the day to the present. While on the island you can’t help but feel the emotions of the battlke that took place, I will never forget those days I was honored to see that history. God bless the men who passed fighting for what they believed in. Semper Fidelis


Charles pignataro December 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

Thank you Sir for your words.
My father, Achilles Genaro Pignataro who resides in Willamette National Cemetary, was in the 5th Marine division in Iwo.
I still have his dog tags, knife and the 5th Marine Division Book.
What is your name? You’re likely in that book.
Age 52


Vijay D December 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

How did you get there? Your aerial photos appear to have been shot from a small aircraft; are there commercial flights to the Island?


tim muncy November 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm

It is amazimg how small this island is and how so many gave their
lives in battle,god bless the U.S. Marines


Gareth W. Rosson November 21, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I was on Iwo Jima in 1946-1947. I’ve been there and done that. I’ve been in most of the tunnels and caves , all have a lot of dead Japs in them.The Jap Gen. cave is the biggest on. It goes down 76 feet. The Hosp. cave is next it goes down 47 feet.If any one wants info. get hold of me. At 24803 E. Old Beach Rd. or phone me 309-647-1444 or email me Rossonotes@aol.com
Have a nice day.
Used to be a S/Sgt. now just plain old Bill


Larry AZ November 22, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I would like to know if the USA or Japan own it? and is the island used for anything now ??


S/Sgt. GW Rosson December 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

The Japs has the Island now. They don’t know what to do with it. maybe raise little Jap kid on it.
S/Sgt. GW Rosson


Nick Tasy October 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Easy, now. The war’s long over. There’s no need to use the term “Jap” or “Japs”. That was a wartime term used back home in the states and over seas in combat. It may have been used even after the war for a little while, but today, not at all. If you use those terms today, they will be taken as racist terms, although they’ve always been racist terms. So please, use “Japanese” and “Japan”.


Molly November 16, 2014 at 7:45 am

Dear Nick – don’t worry, you won’t see him say that anymore since he’s already passed away. RIP S/Sgt. GW Rosson and thank you for your service to this country.


Paul February 17, 2015 at 1:33 am

I’m sorry to hear that S/Sgt Rosson passed away. I had talked with him and emailed with him. Semper Fi, Paul Marquis

BearcatUSMC January 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Well thank GOD the USMC killed all of those sadistic, evil Japanese soldiers.


Betty Aydelott January 23, 2015 at 3:22 am

Betty – My uncle, George Oliver Adams was killed on Iwo Jima invasion. Direct hit in the water, Never made ashore. My Grandson is now aboard the USS Iwo Jima, in the Navy, with Marines. My uncle wanted a Marine dress uniform. Did not get one. My prayers are with all our service people and for a successful operation in Yemen.

kim turner February 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

my grandson is a marine serving on the uss iwo jima at this time. so proud of him and all troops serving our country. God bless them and keep them safe…..

Archie March 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm

I think the Navy and USAF had something to do with that too. I bet they killed also many that were not bad&evil…the Japanese killed many evil&bad Marines too.

Paul February 17, 2015 at 1:27 am

Your wrong, that war and fight on Iwo Jima is NOT long over. For those that fought it, the war was just last night. And they are still Japs.


Nick Tasy October 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

And yes Japan does currently own the island. I hope they keep it as is and preserve it as a national memorial. I would love to visit Iwo one day.


Rachel December 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

The Japanese own the island and use it as a small base for the Self Defense Forces. The United States still has access to the island and take veterans as well as current troops to the island several times a year. It is also now named Iwo-To, just in case you try to find it on a map.


jason March 31, 2015 at 12:21 am

um its used for nuclear arms currently


mike murphy from eagle wisconsin November 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm

i think the pictures here are just amazing. my question is is there any living people on this beautiful at all. i to give all my respects to all the good young men who died on this island.


Peter Sands November 23, 2009 at 11:44 pm

You can find more photo’s showing what the Japanese fortified positions look like today on this Japanese site. Just click on the different links to see various pictures and maps. You can always copy and paste the Japanese text into the google translator to get a rough idea of what it’s all about.



Blake McNeely November 24, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I was stationed on IWO 56/57 with the USAF, 6361st ABSQ. I would like to know what happened to the orignal small monument that mused to on top of Sirbichi, the one in the most recent photo does not match the one I have photos of, hope someone can help. At one time the runway on Iwo was the longest in the Far East at over 5000′. I have really enjoyed the site, thanks Blake McNeely


James A Borland November 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm

UNCOMMON VALOR WAS A COMMON VIRTUE! What an apt and fitting statement about those gallant men and boys who gave their “last full measure of devotion” on that natures blemish and God’s defile Island that was Iwo Jima. I cannot comprehend the bravery and fortitude that allowed those youngsters to forge ahead into that maelstrom of death and destruction. Thank God for them and may their memory never fade from the minds and hearts of the American people. Semper Fi Leathernecks, and when I look on Heavens scenes somday, I know I’ll be surrounded by a sea of green, the United States Marines.


Blake McNeely November 25, 2009 at 1:31 pm

On the subject of who owns Iwo, it was returned to the Japan Gov. in 1968/69, and the barrages on the west side of the island are made out of concrete, and when I was there in 56/57 they were a haven for some of the most small colorful fish that I have ever seen. I never did go into any of the caves, just stuck my head into a few, not my cup of tea. I have a lot of photos of the island, will find them and try to post for you guys to see, Blake


Chris Marks October 25, 2014 at 2:42 am

Blake- I know your email is 5 years old, but do you still have those photos? I was there last March and would love to see your images. Thanks!


Regina Bruno February 22, 2015 at 11:01 pm

How do you go about visiting Iwo Jima today in 2015? My father was a US Marine in the 4th Marine Division who
Fought and was wounded in the battle for Iwo Jima in 1945. He has passed, however, I would like to retrace the battles
Of the 4th Marine Division and see Iwo Jima.
Is this a possibility? Regina: contact Reginab1222@yahoo.com


David Norton April 2, 2015 at 5:45 am

The island is supposedly closed. Entry is by permission of the Japanese Gov’t. (Unless you’re in the Marine Corp and have access from Okinawa.) I just returned from Iwo last weak having gone on Military Historical Tours 70th Anniversary Reunion of Honor tour. They’re located in VA. You can Google their website. They’ve gone for the last 20 years, and may continue to go each year. The island is only open one day a year, and it’s for this tour. My uncle was killed fighting with the 3rd Division, so when I mentioned this to the tour company, my brothers and I were given priority for the tour as ‘family.’ It already had a waitlist last July for the March ’15 tour. The tour leaves Los Angeles, flies to Honolulu, then on to Guam, where several days are spent seeing the sights of the battle there to retake the island in 1944. From Guam, a charter flight is operated to/from Iwo Jima all in the same day, so time on the island is limited. But believe me…..very worthwhile! I totaly recommend it, even if it does cost over $6k. We also added on a side trip to Saipan and Tinian. Lots of history there as well. Tinian has the atomic bomb pits where the bombs were loaded on the B29s to deliver to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


gareth Rosson November 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Yes I can anc. all that Elaim me Rossonotes@aol.com or call me on 309-647-1444 S/Sgt. G. W. Rosson they call me Bill

As ever Bill


Gareth W. Rosson November 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I was on Iwo Jima 1946-1947.I will talk to anyone on Iwo Jima. Call me 309-647-1444 or email me Rossonotes@aol.com.
S/Sgt. G.W. Rosson


Harold Collins November 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I was a signalman in the Navy serving with a group of other signalmen, we were assigned to the 20th marine division, we went ashore on the fourth day of the battle, the day the marines put the flag on Mount Surabachi. We stayed on the island 14 months. I would be very pleased to have anyone in that comunication unit contact me. My nickname was “Muscles”, all 125 pounds “ha ha”


C.B. October 28, 2012 at 1:59 am

I was in communications also. ran a station named Brother Sgate on the summit of Mt Suribachi. Homed many crippled air craft to Iwo.

“73” tou you.



Jake Wyss December 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

This stuff is pretty cool. I wish I could go there one day…


sergio December 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

los que dicen que estubieron en Iwo Jima durante la batalla mienten,tan simple xq ya no keda nadie vivo que estuviera en esa fecha en la isla.un saludo


Gareth W Rosson December 7, 2009 at 10:31 am

When you open up Iwo Jima today and go down to the 9th picture you can see an airplane in the water. One went down in 1946 and it had 20 enlisted men and Capt Queen and more. Iwo Jima has rose appro. 60 feet since then Maybe?????????
S/Sgt. G W Rosson call 309-647-1444


Grandle Starling December 12, 2009 at 9:29 am

Are there any Hotels/Motels on the Island? Are there many people living on the Island?

I see that some have visited the Island, recently…Is that right?

I’m interested in having someone look at the monument with all the dog tags, etc hanging from the monument…

Thanks for a reply


Rachel December 15, 2014 at 3:05 am

There is a small Japanese Self-Defense contigency, but no other accomodations as far as I know. The U.S. military flies out and backs to the island for incentive trips a few times a year.


Gareth W. Rosson December 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Blake, I was on Iwo Jima in 1946-1947. I’ve been in most f the caves and tunnels. You ask the ??????? and I’ll give you the anc. to them. i would like to see your pictures.
When I was there I was S/Sgt G. W. Rosson now I’m just Bill Ha Ha Have a good day.


G W Rosson December 12, 2009 at 2:22 pm

The only people living there are appro 400 Japs that are running the air fields all three of them. I was there in 1946-1947 for more Infr. Call 309-647-1444 or email Rossonotes@aol.com


Nick Tasy October 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

*Japanese. There’s no need to use the term “Japs” or “Jap”. The war is long since over


Paul February 17, 2015 at 1:41 am

Okay, I like calling them NIPS better.


Paul February 17, 2015 at 1:42 am

Not to those that fought there.


G W Rosson December 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Muscles,I was on Iwo Jima in 1946-1947. I’ve in most of the tunnels and caves. The Jap Gen cave, The Hosp cave and a hell of a lot other. Lots of dead Japs. If you want to talk call me on 609-647-1444 Or Email me on Rossonotes@aol.com I was a first Sgt in the Army there.We are planning on going back there soon.


G W Rosson December 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Email me for anc.


G W Rosson December 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Need anc. Caoo me 609-647-1444 or Email Rossonotes@aol.com


G W Rosson December 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm

John, Yes I have 165 pictures of Iwo Jima I was there in 1946-1947 At that time every thing was BLACK. How it is all covered with green. GW Rosson ( Bill ) Email Rossonotes@aol.com


Nick Tasy October 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Some of the photos above show the beaches. And its surprising. Soldiers said that Iwo’s beaches were black, and they really are! Black as midnight (without lights, of course). Very cool


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