The Battle Of Iwo Jima - 75th Anniversary
- February 19, 2020 - February 19, 2020
- Location: Circle Cinema
- Venue: Circle Cinema
- Address: 10 S Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74135
- Times: 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Admission: Free
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The Battle Of Iwo Jima - 75th Anniversary - Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00pm & 6:00pm - FREE ADMISSION - The program will feature an hour-long documentary composed of historic footage and archival newsreels. The Keith Myers Traveling Military Museum will present an Iwo Jima display in the Circle Cinema lobby featuring many uniforms and other articles identified to actual Iwo Jima veterans including Oklahoma veterans. Japanese military souvenirs captured by the victorious American will also be on display.
Facts About Iwo Jima:
Marines landed on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. Prior to the actual US invasion, US ships and aircraft bombed and shelled the island for more than 70 days. The actual land battle started on February 19 and officially ended March 26, 1945, when the island was declared secured.
Total US 26,532 land casualties included 6,821 Marines and assigned Naval personnel killed in action or who later died from wounds, 19,217 wounded, and 494 missing. For the first time in WWII, the Marine casualty rate was greater than that of the enemy (20,703).
On February 23, 1945, the Marines raised the American flag on Mt. Suribachi. This significant and famous event became iconic in Marine Corps history. James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy stated "the raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years!"
The Battle of Iwo Jima was won at a terrific price. Marine General Holland Smith described the battle as "the most savage and the most costly battle in the history of the Marine Corps". Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz stated "Among Americans on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue". The Medal of Honor was conferred on 23 Marines and 4 sailors for their actions at Iwo Jima.