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Famous picture of the flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi 10 years earlier to the day of our oper.
6800 american troops lost their lives on Iwo Jima.  6000 marines alone were  killed. 21,000 Japanese were killed during the capture of Iwo Jima.  The monument for the flag raising stands atop Mt. Suribachi.  Gun emplacements remain and at the time of our operation there 10 years later we were still able to find boots, clothing and other remnants lying around that may have been left during the siege.  The mountain itself was full of tunnels that the Japanese remained in. The climb to the top of Suribachi was tough even without fighting for every inch as had occurred during the war.  I felt honored to be here during the memorial. T. Burnes
Pictures were taken Feburay 23, 1955.  Ten years after the battle for Iwo Jima.