Actor Gary Sinise lends his voice to Return to Iwo Jima, a 75th anniversary documentary which focuses on several United States Marines including Sammy Bernstein, Pat Femino and the last living Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima Flamethrower Woody Williams, who beat the odds and lived through this horrific fight, which began on February 19th, 1945 and ended on March 26th.
Includes rare drone footage of Iwo Jima
The 75th anniversary Ceremonies in 2020 on Iwo Jima
Interviews with Iwo Jima veterans and their families
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)