Monday, March 4, 2013

Iwo Jima today

The island of Iwo Jima, now called IOTO (sulfur island) was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. The U.S. Marines landed in February 1945 and fought against the Japanese Imperial forces until March, when they finally managed to conquer the island. The Japanese resistance was extreme, which led them to lose almost all his men.
On this island, at the top of Mount Suribachi, it was made the famous photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.


Nowadays visiting Iwo Jima is almost impossible. It belongs to the army and there is only a naval base of the forces of Japan. No civilians live there. You can only go to Iwo Jima with an organized tour that visit the island once a year. The company organizes tours for military veterans, family members or people interested. They meet every year in Guam to commemorate the anniversary of the battle. From there, an airplane takes them to Iwo Jima. This tour departs from Los Angeles and the places are very limited because they have a single aircraft to fly to the island. The tour price  is about $3500.                                        


Here I show you some of the things that you can find on the island today. There are many more relics of the battle. The land is full of caves, bunkers, artillery and grenade shrapnel damage.

American Memorial Iwo Jima :

Location: here .
The memorial is situated where the American flag was raised on February 12, 1945. It commemorates the valor and sacrifice of the Marines.

 Photo: Kawetijoru

The beach landing:
Location: here .
The beach where American troops entered the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Division on February 19, 1945.
Photo: Seigo

Underground Hospital Imperial Japanese Navy:
Location: here .
Here were treated the Japanese soldiers wounded in battle.
Photos: Warrick

Seabee Memorial:
Location: here .
This work of art was created by the Navy Seabee few days after the end of the battle. It represents the flag raising on Mount Suribachi.
 Photo: Warrick

Japanese bunkers:
Location: here.
Photo: Seigo
Photo: jpjonesusn

American Tank:
Location: here .
M4A3 Sherman tank belonging to the 4th Tank Battalion. He was eliminated during the battle.
Photo: JohnnyHN

Japanese coastal Canyon:
Location: here .
It lies north of Mount Suribachi.
Photo: JohnnyHN




  1. Maybe "too much time" has finally passed Iwo Jima by time itself. Hope not. This "great though tragic" chapter has earned its place in history. No, it should not be reduced to "hiking" and biking. But somehow a way to properly honor Iwo Jima and those (on both sides) who died could/should be found. Otherwise, Iwo and its will just eventually evaporate away. Shame. These great heroics made by both sides should not be forgotten. BILL SMITH, P.O. Box 516, Malibu CA 902675, son of two American officers from WW2, no longer alive, but we can still feel Iwo Jima's heart politely pounding away.

  2. my heart and soul goes out to our brave fighting men who stormed ashore on that fateful day, and the days that followed. Uncommonn valor was a common virtue, only stratches the surface of what all those men faced no matter what branch of service they fought with. may God bless them and those loved ones they left behind. i hope that peace will enter their hearts and to those still with us my heartfelt thanks for keeping us all free. i hope we as Americans never forget that sacrifice and that we will instill in our generations to come, a pride that only we as Americans can appreciate. I am the wife of a USAF retired Captain and the mother of an USA and USN veteran,. Thank you all for your service now and in the generations to come.....