Photo montage of Fifth Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima. National Archives 127-GR- BOX 90-119780.

The siege of Iwo Jima nearly takes a month to complete. The volcanic isle leaves behind a legacy written in blood by the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions; US casualties are 6,800 dead, 20,000 wounded. There are practically no survivors of the 21,000 Japanese defenders.