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Platoon of 4th Marine Division being briefed on Iwo Jima, on a Attack Transport

Platoon of 4th Marine Division being briefed on Iwo Jima, on a Attack Transport

ASSAULT TROOPS of the 4th Marine Division go ashore on Iwo Jima. (USMC 110109

ASSAULT TROOPS of the 4th Marine Division go ashore on Iwo Jima. (USMC 110109

Unloading on the southwestern loading beaches on Iwo Jima.

Unloading on the southwestern loading beaches on Iwo Jima.

Battle for Iwo Jima, February-March 1945. The Flag is Raised – Over the 4th Division Cemetery. Photographed by Gillespie, March 1945. U.S. Marine Corps photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Battle for Iwo Jima, February-March 1945. The Flag is Raised – Over the 4th Division Cemetery. Photographed by Gillespie, March 1945. U.S. Marine Corps photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, these U.S. Marine motion pictures, taken through the front slot of a Marine tank on Iwo Jima on March 3, 1945, show Marines advancing behind an armored vehicle as another American vehicle burns in the background.

In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, these U.S. Marine motion pictures, taken through the front slot of a Marine tank on Iwo Jima on March 3, 1945, show Marines advancing behind an armored vehicle as another American vehicle burns in the background.

Equipment partially submerged at Iwo Jima, 1945 LIFE Behind the Picture: Marines Blasting a Cave, Iwo Jima, 1945 | LIFE.com

Equipment partially submerged at Iwo Jima, 1945 LIFE Behind the Picture: Marines Blasting a Cave, Iwo Jima, 1945 | LIFE.com

LIFE Behind the Picture: Marines Blasting a Cave, Iwo Jima, 1945 | LIFE.com

LIFE Behind the Picture: Marines Blasting a Cave, Iwo Jima, 1945 | LIFE.com

A reserve wave of US 4th Marines Division waited on the beach, Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

A reserve wave of US 4th Marines Division waited on the beach, Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945

Uncommon valor in a peaceful setting: this 4th Division Marine threatens the enemy even in death. His bayonet fixed and pointing in the direction of the enemy, he was killed by a sniper before he even got off the beach on D-day.

Uncommon valor in a peaceful setting: this 4th Division Marine threatens the enemy even in death. His bayonet fixed and pointing in the direction of the enemy, he was killed by a sniper before he even got off the beach on D-day.

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