Victory at Sea

Season 1 Episode 23

Target Suribachi

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Apr 12, 1953 on NBC
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Target Suribachi
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As the US Navy continues to dominate the Pacific theater and Japan comes within striking range, the air campaign begins its final stage. A small, volcanic island becomes prized for its airfields and an essential strategic target: Iwo Jima. A 35 day battle results with more than 47,000 casualties to both sides.moreless
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      • Films Related to This Episode:
        Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
        Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
        Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
        The Pacific (2010)

      • Historical Notes and Numbers:
        The battle, which lasted from February 19 to March 26, 1945, resulted in 26,504 American casualties (6,821 dead) and 20, 919 Japanese casualties (20,703 dead).

        27 US servicemen received the Medal of Honor for their actions on Iwo Jima, including 23 Marines.

        After the liberation of the island, there more than 2,200 B-29 Superfortress landings on the Iwo Jima airfields.

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