On this day in history: This Japanese soldier played dead for almost two days half buried in a shell hole holding a live grenade. Promising no resistance he was given a cigarette before being removed from the hole Iwo Jima 16 March
February The booted feet of a dead Japanese soldier, foreground, protrude from beneath a mound of earth on Iwo Jima during the American invasion of the Japanese Volcano Island stronghold in World War II. Marines can be seen nearby in foxholes
The original Iwo Jima flag that flew atop Mt. It was raised February 1945 by the United States Marines. It is now at the United States Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia Taken by Melinda Hall 2012
Private First Class Rez P. Hester of the War Dog Platoon, Marine Regiment, US Marine Division takes a nap in a fighting hole dug out of the the volcanic sand on Iwo Jima while 'Butch', his Doberman war dog stands guard.
Gun Fires Against Cave Positions at Iwo Jima - "Throughout the fighting up the beaches, Mount Suribachi dominated the landscape. The Marines knew it would be a tough fortress to capture." - Photo: US Marine Corps
Marine views dead Japanese soldiers that were blasted out of a defensive pillbox on a hill above the beach during the Battle of Iwo Jima (codename: Operation Detachment). The battle for control of the tiny island would result in the deaths of.
American troops chat near a dead Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima. The degree to which the Japanese were willing to fight to the death, rather than surrender, is summed up in one remarkable statistic: Close to Japanese soldiers were killed during the battle