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As seen from battleship USS Texas, Fletcher-class destroyer USS Twiggs engaging in a pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima’s landing beach White 2 in support of underwater demolition team operations, 17 Feb 1945.Aviation Metalsmith J. J. Lombardo showing WAVES personnel how to tie down cargo, Naval Air Transport Service School, Naval Air Station, Oakland, California, United States, 17 Feb 1945
As seen from battleship USS Texas, Fletcher-class destroyer USS Twiggs engaging in a pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima’s landing beach White 2 in support of underwater demolition team operations, 17 Feb 1945.Aviation Metalsmith J. J. Lombardo showing WAVES personnel how to tie down cargo, Naval Air Transport Service School, Naval Air Station, Oakland, California, United States, 17 Feb 1945
Carrier pilots received instructions on their strike mission against Tokyo aboard an unnamed carrier, 17 Feb 1945F4U-1D Corsair with Marine Squadron 216 aboard USS Wasp (Essex-class) being moved onto the deck-edge elevator on its way to the hangar deck following a strike against targets in and around Tokyo, Japan, Feb 17, 1945.
Carrier pilots received instructions on their strike mission against Tokyo aboard an unnamed carrier, 17 Feb 1945F4U-1D Corsair with Marine Squadron 216 aboard USS Wasp (Essex-class) being moved onto the deck-edge elevator on its way to the hangar deck following a strike against targets in and around Tokyo, Japan, Feb 17, 1945.
Iwo Jima during the pre-invasion bombardment, 17 Feb 1945, looking north with Mount Suribachi in the foregroundMinesweepers worked the waters off Iwo Jima before the invasion, 17-18 Feb 1945; note the anti-aircraft bursts above the island and a burning aircraft close to the ground on the right
Iwo Jima during the pre-invasion bombardment, 17 Feb 1945, looking north with Mount Suribachi in the foregroundMinesweepers worked the waters off Iwo Jima before the invasion, 17-18 Feb 1945; note the anti-aircraft bursts above the island and a burning aircraft close to the ground on the right
Naval gun shells exploded on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 17-19 Feb 1945Pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima
Naval gun shells exploded on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 17-19 Feb 1945Pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima's west beach as seen from an American vessel, 17 Feb 1945
Shells exploded ashore during the pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima, 17 Feb 1945
Shells exploded ashore during the pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima, 17 Feb 1945


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"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945