On Feb. 23, 1945, five days after the initial assault on the island of Iwo Jima, Marines took control of the high ground and planted a flag atop Mt. Suribachi.
The flag raising didn’t signal the end of the fight on Iwo Jima, but it did motivate the Marines and corpsmen still flushing out an entrenched enemy force.
Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams and Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay recall what it was like to see the Stars and Stripes fly high over the island.
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Lance Cpl. Jeanette E. Fernando and other Marines in her squadron were given the opportunity to revisit the battlegrounds at which Fernando’s grandfather, a Navajo Code Talker, fought during World War II, July 26, 2017 , at Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. Fernando is an airframe mechanic assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, currently on a unit deployment program with 1st MAW based in Okinawa, Japan.
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Andy Martinez)
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