The Battle for Iwo Jima
Four Collin County Marines were killed in the fight for the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean.
Lt. HARRISON W. PARKER Farmersville
Lt. CHARLES E. HARRINGTON JR. Plano & Texas A&M
Cpl. JACK KERBY McKinney
Cpl. M. T. LINECUM, Altoga
Henry C. Myrick of McKinney, was one of those Marines who made it out alive.
pictures were sent to me by my friend, Sgt. Jerry Lowe, who was a 19-year-old
Marine when he landed on the island of
Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, the fighting of which was to be some of most intense of World War II. Of the 22,000 Japanese
defenders on the Island, only 1083 survived. The United States lost 6821 men during the 3-week-long battle.
Twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines who fought in the battle.
The most famous picture from WWII was the flag raising on the summit of Mt. Suribachi. However, on the morning of 23 February,
a group of Marines raised a flag after reaching the summit. The flag was too small to be seen from the beach, so later that
afternoon a larger flag was raised. The picture of the second flag raising is the one that became famous. The photos of the
first flag are included in the gallery below. The photographs are from the official Marine Corps archives.
(Click on pictures for larger view)
|Platoon 239 USMC 1944||Iwo Jima - 8 square miles of hell||Eve of battle preparations||Destroyer's big guns||Beach bombardment|
|Prayer before the battle||Landing boats waiting for all boats to be loaded||Mt. Suribachi.||Headed for the beach||Bombarding Suribachi|
|Ready to move in||Move in ...||...behind the big shells||Lucky 13||2nd wave, supplies|
|The first wave hits the beach||Pinned down by Jap machineguns||Over the top||2nd wave lands||Death and destruction on the beach|
|This is where Jerry Lowe landed.||Near miss||The incoming was heavy on the beach.||Advance with caution.||Fire in the hole.|
|Marine flame thrower - "Devil's Breath"||The original flag raising on Mt. Suribachi||The second flag.||Victory, one foxhole at a time.||The price of freedom.|
|Giving thanks, and remembering the fallen||Japanese prisoner||Establishing...||...the beachhead.||It takes all sorts of equipment.|
|Admiral Chester M. Nimitz||This was a landing craft.||The enemy shelling...||...was heavy.||Souvenirs|
5th Marine Division Cemetery
on Iwo Jima.
|Pvt. Jerry Lowe, 1944||Jerry Lowe today|