Filmed On Location on Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima: 75 Years Later
This 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima documentary focuses on the personal stories of three United States Marines (Sammy Bernstein, Medal of Honor recipient Woody Willams and Pat Femino).
Bernstein and Femino of the 5th Marine Division beat the odds to spend all 36 days involved in this horrific the fight, which began on February 19th, 1945 and ended on March 26th. Williams, of the 3rd Marine Division and a Flamethrower, is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient of 27 awarded the medal for heroic actions on Iwo Jima.
The film is narrated by actor Jon Seda, who portrayed Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone in HBO’s “The Pacific.”
This film features on-location filming on the island of Iwo Jima and spectacular drone footage of Iwo taken in 2019.
The Japanese suffered roughly 21,000 dead. Out of the 23,000 Japanese on the island only 1,083 were taken prisoner. 2 Japanese did not surrender until 1951. 27 Medals of Honor were awarded to Americans during the 36 days of the battle.
American losses included 5,900 dead and 17,400 wounded.
The Japanese fought from an elaborate network of caves, dugouts, tunnels, and underground installations that were difficult to find and destroy.
The American amphibious invasion of Iwo Jima, a key island in the Bonin chain roughly 575 miles from the Japanese coast, was sparked by the desire for a place where B-29 bombers damaged over Japan could land without returning all the way to the Marianas, and for a base for escort fighters that would assist in the bombing campaign. (History.Com).
Click Here to see video of the fight on Iwo Jima in 1945.
Film Elements Include:
-Filming on Iwo Jima
-Drone Footage on Iwo Jima
-Archival Video of the Battle
-Interviews with Iwo Jima Veterans & Family