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Pacific. 3 (under construction) Kaína Rock Motoyarn- <2 Airfield no. 2 Tachwa Point Minami 2st lioat Basin 1/25 and 325 landed abreast olobi ishi Point H1UIVA1r, 30 Facing the Marine invasion was the most heavily fortified island in the Pacific: 21,000 defenders, the majority of whom were the best soldiers the Japanese No matter where the Marines landed, there would be nowhere to go but up. This island was the key to the air war against Japan. Iwo Jima was an unsinkable carrier from had to offer, and to top it off, a brilliant leader which Japanese fighters could intercept American steeped in the samurai tradition.

Approximately 50 enemy soldiers soon infiltrated the ist Battalion's line, some actually jumping or crawling right into Marine foxholes. In the dead and 257 wounded, the majority of these casualties from the 23d and 24th Regiments. 6° On 9 and 10 March there was no let up of the Marine attack. Marine forces moved forward 300 yards on 9 March. On 10 March, the 25th Marines replaced the 24th in the line. The ist and 3d Bat- Men of the 2d Battalion, 25th Marines display trophies won on iwo Jima. USMC Photo 142372 talions drove to the southeast toward the high ground.

The 25th Marines hit White Beach 2 beginning at force gave proof of the imminence of battle. The ships, landing craft, and other amphibious vessels and vehicles assigned to the Tinian operation 0755 with Company G landing on the right and Company I on the left. The opposition to the 25th Marines' landing was greater than that being ex- numbered over 900. The NTLF plan designated the 4th Marine Division as the assault division, and it would make the 3-mile, island-to-island amphibious landing in 37 LSTs.

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