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Japan, U.S. mark anniversary of battle for Iwo Jima

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:15 a.m. HST, Mar 13, 2013

TOKYO » Japan and the U.S. are marking the 68th anniversary one of the most iconic battles of World War II on the tiny island of Iwo Jima.

Representatives of the Japanese soldiers who died, government officials and a handful of U.S. veterans gathered Wednesday (Tuesday in Hawaii) on the island to remember the battle that began on Feb. 19, 1945, and officially ended when the volcanic crag was declared secure by the U.S. on March 26, 1945.

The fighting claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives. About 12,000 Japanese and 218 Americans are still classified as missing in action.

The island, 700 miles south of Tokyo, is now uninhabited except for a small Japanese military outpost. It is now known in Japan as Ioto.

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serious wrote:
I read: Flags of our Fathers last year. Very enlightening as to what happened and why there were so many casualties. I have flown over the island and wonder why we really needed to conquer it.
on March 13,2013 | 05:43AM
sparkyzane wrote:
My dad was there as an eighteen year old Marine. We needed the island for forward air capacity to bomb Japan.
on March 13,2013 | 08:15AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Along with the excellent book, the two films that Clint Eastwood co-produced examining the battle, one from the US perspective and one from the Japan perspective, were really interesting. What a vicious fight and extraordinary courage.
on March 13,2013 | 08:55AM
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