The Battle of Iwo Jima
|Scooped by Austin Carter|
The Battle of Iwo Jima
Many things influence what dictates America as a people and it could be anything from television to a simple bar of soap, but what is inside of that bar of soap is what matters. What is the content of America’s bars of soap? I know of one relevancy in which changed many aspects of not only war, but how we perceive it. A clash between the Japanese forces and the Marines of the United State’s military was ever so present starting February 19th and lasting all the way until March 26th, 1945. Not very many people actually have an acute understanding of how bloody and brutal this battle truly was. 70,000 US Marines were deployed for this battle in hopes of winning the war that has been so miserable, mind that this was only against 21,000 (approximately) Japanese soldiers. Iwo Jima was not just any regular island; it was practically home, similar to them as Tokyo was to others. Cave systems and unique defense were set up; month’s maybe even years of preparation for this battle had taken place. Japan was not going to surrender without a fight, and the 26,000 Marine casualties very well reflected just that. This was the first time that American casualties exceeded that of the enemies. 6,800 Marines died, that is twice the amount of deaths in relation to the twin towers on 9/11. Put that into perspective, this battle was a long envision that took a lot of will from American forces, but eventually the numbers were overwhelming for Japan. “At great cost, you’d take a hill to find then the same enemy suddenly on your flank or rear. The Japanese were not on Iwo Jima. They were in it!” Taken from perspective the practice and fighting styles, Colonel Thomas M. Fields not only described the situation at hand perfectly, but it gives a depth factor towards the horrors that US Marines had to face on this island.
Celebrations today are at the minimal for there is not much to celebrate towards such brutality. Marines who wear the uniform today not only remember this battle and learn about it, but they honor themselves for they are apart of a brotherhood that conquered what seemed to be like a suicide mission. Veterans still visit the island but it would be an annual thing, Japanese Navy has control of the island but we still communicate wisely throughout process amongst the Japanese. When you think about war, you don’t think about culture or exploring the world, you think about guns and violence, and how it affects the soldiers who fight in them. Many people do not realize the sheer terror these Marines must’ve had to face, for it was most likely something that traumatized all aspects of their lives, forever. There is reasons why certain things are kept secret, Iwo Jima is no secret but it’s definitely not a celebrated topic. Many battles lasted merely two or three days, but this one lasted much longer than that and it is a privilege to be able to write about it today. When I look back on History, there are things I look for in particular and they usually consist of violence/mass murderers. Our lives are made up of two parts, the living and the dead. We cannot focus too much on the death for then it may become reality, so therefore we shouldn’t celebrate it. It was a hard-fought battle only to win a victory that yes sealed a victory in a long war, but also scarred the lives of many.