Ageing veterans return to Iwo Jima

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Published: Saturday 21st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Dozens of ageing US veterans have gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima to mark one of the bloodiest and most famous battles of the Second World War 70 years ago.

The veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, toured the black sand beaches where they invaded the deeply dug-in forces of the island’s Japanese defenders.

They were taken to the top of Mount Suribachi, an active volcano, where an Associated Press photograph of the raising of the US flag while the battle was still raging became a potent symbol of hope and valour to the war-weary public at home that was growing increasingly disillusioned with the seemingly unending battle in the Pacific.

About 36 days of battle left nearly 7,000 Marines dead and 20,000 wounded.

Published: Saturday 21st March 2015 by The News Editor

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