Today in Marine Corps History

25 March 1945: After 35 days of bitter fighting, the amphibious assault on the rocky fortress of Iwo Jima finally appeared over. On the night of 25 March, however, a 300-man Japanese force launched a vicious final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2. Army pilots, Seabees and Marines of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the fanatical Japanese force till morning but suffered heavy casualties –more than l00 killed and another 200 American wounded. Nearly all of the Japanese force was killed in the battle.
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  • Sgt. SCG

    I don’t know about the Army, Navy, and Air Force, but Marines don’t shoot/hurt themselves nor do they shoot/hurt other Marines. Taking weapons away from Marines in war time is like planes flying without any fuel. It doesn’t happen! Sidney Crews needs to not read so many books on fiction. Hello, the Marines are highly trained with their weapons and the enemies weapons as well……just in case they do have to use a foreign weapon. SEMPER FI to all my real brother and sister Marines


  • C. Eggleston

    They had weapons . There Ammo was collected, but some marines kept a clip.


  • sidney crews

    From what I’ve read The Marines didn’t have any weapons because they were shipping out the next day and being their weren’t suppose to be any Japanese left on the island they had to turn in their weapons so they couldn’t hurt themselves. That order had to come from the navy. Nothing every changes .Semper Fi my friend.


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