COMBAT CAMERAMAN FOLLOWS MARINES ON IWO JIMA

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COMBAT CAMERAMAN FOLLOWS MARINES ON IWO JIMA

The pictures on these pages were taken by YANK photographer Pfc. George Burns, who landed with the Marines on Iwo Jima. They show some thing of the unsparing bitter fighting which the Marines had to go through before they cleaned the Japanese out of the little island, 750 miles from Tokyo. American casualties were 19,938. Of these 4,189 were dead, 441 missing and 15,308 wounded. The estimated number of Japanese killed was over 21,000.



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On a ship off Iwo Jima, marines are getting set to climb over the side and get into the landing barges. One rifleman is helping another to adjust his pack.

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The marines headed for the beach after a terrific rolling barrage was laid down by Navy warships. In the background is Iwo’s volcano, Mount Suribachi.

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Troops hit the beach from a landing barge. The 4th and 5th Marine Divisions made landings on the first day and the 3rd Marine Division on the third day.



At first they were pinned down in the gritty, volcanic sand of the beach by Japanese mortar and artillery fire, then they began to break out and move inland.

At first they were pinned down in the gritty, volcanic sand of the beach by Japanese mortar and artillery fire, then they began to break out and move inland.

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They had good weather on the first day, until rough weather closed in. Lined up along the edge of Green Beach, landing craft disgorge supplies in the rain.



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These two marines, one wounded, with his arm in a sling, were snapped by the photographer as they ran for cover after being caught in the open by sniper fire.

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Emplaced in the iron-grey sand, a 37-mm gun is working on targets on Mount Suribachi. The mountain was taken from the Japanese four days after the landing.

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A plane flies in to drop blood plasma by parachute. The medics who used it kept up their reputation for bravery during the fighting on Iwo.



iwo jima marines flamethrower

Troops tying to take Mount Suribachi ran into a group of Japanese holding out in small caves and heavy brush and used flame throwers to scorch them out.

iwo jima marines japanese soldiers surrender

Before the marines could take all of Iwo they had to blast many Japanese out of caves. But the Japanese in this picture (lower right) came out voluntarily to surrender.

 



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