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2 Jul 1944 photo of the wreckage left on Sword Beach following the D-Day landings in Normandy, France; in this case, a P-47 Thunderbolt that was shot down 10 Jun 1944 on a mission to Cherbourg, France. Photo 1 of 2.2 Jul 1944 photo of the wreckage left on Sword Beach following the D-Day landings in Normandy, France; in this case, a P-47 Thunderbolt that was shot down 10 Jun 1944 on a mission to Cherbourg, France. Photo 2 of 2.
2 Jul 1944 photo of the wreckage left on Sword Beach following the D-Day landings in Normandy, France; in this case, a P-47 Thunderbolt that was shot down 10 Jun 1944 on a mission to Cherbourg, France. Photo 1 of 2.2 Jul 1944 photo of the wreckage left on Sword Beach following the D-Day landings in Normandy, France; in this case, a P-47 Thunderbolt that was shot down 10 Jun 1944 on a mission to Cherbourg, France. Photo 2 of 2.
B5N torpedo bomber descending into the sea after being damaged in combat off Truk, Caroline Islands, 2 Jul 1944; note rear gunner standing up from open canopyFires and explosions on Iwo Jima
B5N torpedo bomber descending into the sea after being damaged in combat off Truk, Caroline Islands, 2 Jul 1944; note rear gunner standing up from open canopyFires and explosions on Iwo Jima's Airfield #1, resulting from a bombardment delivered by heavy cruisers of Cruiser Division Ten, 2 Jul 1944
H8K flying boat in the midst of being shot down by the US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircraft of Patrol Squadron VP-115 from which this photograph was taken, 2 Jul 1944. Photo 1 of 2.H8K flying boat in the midst of being shot down by the US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircraft of Patrol Squadron VP-115 from which this photograph was taken, 2 Jul 1944. Photo 2 of 2.
H8K flying boat in the midst of being shot down by the US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircraft of Patrol Squadron VP-115 from which this photograph was taken, 2 Jul 1944. Photo 1 of 2.H8K flying boat in the midst of being shot down by the US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircraft of Patrol Squadron VP-115 from which this photograph was taken, 2 Jul 1944. Photo 2 of 2.
Launching ceremony of submarine Bugara, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 2 Jul 1944Submarine Springer under construction, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 2 Jul 1944
Launching ceremony of submarine Bugara, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 2 Jul 1944Submarine Springer under construction, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 2 Jul 1944
Two British minesweepers detonated German mines in CherbourgUS Marines pushing a 37mm gun into position, Garapan, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 2 Jul 1944
Two British minesweepers detonated German mines in Cherbourg's Grande Rade, just before the entry of supply ships, 2 Jul 1944; note Fort l'Ouest in the backgroundUS Marines pushing a 37mm gun into position, Garapan, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 2 Jul 1944
West Virginia off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 Jul 1944
West Virginia off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 Jul 1944


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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945