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webmaster | 01/17/12

The battle for Iwo Jima during World War II is known as one of the most fiercely fought contests in military history. When the shooting was over in March 1945, more than 5,000 U.S. Marines had made the ultimate sacrifice.

As for the Japanese, just a few survived out of more than 20,000 of their countrymen who died trying to save the island for their emperor. This handful of Japanese soldiers hid themselves in the nearby caves, refusing to surrender.

Within 30 days, thousands of Seabees went to work on Iwo Jima building a huge airfield for the B-29 Superfortresses that were coming to use the newly won island for a base from which they could bomb the cities of Japan.

Meanwhile the Japanese holdouts from the Battle of Iwo Jima remained in the mountain caves by day and sneaked out at night to take revenge by stealth. One of these Japanese soldiers was Sgt. Toshihiko Ohno...


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