Marines A. Duncan and Al Perry, from the Marine Division, pose for a photograph after ten days of fighting on Iwo Jima. Note Duncan (left) carrying the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) squad automatic weapon back then, and Perry.
The going is hard in the volcanic sand as wounded Marines are held by fellow Marines, less seriously wounded, and Navy medical corpsmen bound for an aid station. Around them is wrecked American equipment, on the beach and in the water.
Iwo Jima was prime real estate for Americans to launch air raids against Japan, but the island was heavily guarded by Japanese forces. Amphibious Marines are seen here battling at the foot of Mount Suribachi.
US Marine Private Kenneth R. Hoger with his pin-up decorated flamethrower pack off Iwo Jima February 1945.