Friday, November 10, 2017
U.S. Marine Corps in World War II-- Part 1: Many Engagements in the Pacific
The United States Marine Corps played a central role in the War in the Pacific along with the U.S. Army.
Actions included Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Tarawa, Guam, Tinian, Cape Gloucester, Saipan, Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
The Battle of Iwo Jima began 19 February 1945. The Japanese had constructed many fortified positions along with pillboxes and tunnels. The Marines reached the summit of Mt. Suribachi on 26 February. Fighting was fierce, but the island taken with 26,00 American casualties and 22,000 Japanese.