Looking North- a little of the wreckage. The ship broached on the beach is Jap. This picture was taken from the bow of our ship. The line of the Marines in lower left are passing ammo for the 105's. Fighting was still going on in the hills in the background.
Here we are near the base of Suribachi.
LST's unloading. Notice the jeep having to be towed through the sand. The deepness of it caused all the trouble on D-Day. Our large guns could only be brought in a little ways and they stayed there from then until the island was secured.
Another picture taken from our bow- looking South. Still plenty of wreckage although a lot had been cleared away to allow the ships to beach.
What the beach looked like from where the flag was put on top of Mt. Suribachi. Note smoke at Northern end of Island. Fighting was still going on there.
Looking South from the place where lots of their larger guns were dug in.
Another view of the famous flag. You can see a good deal of the island in the background. The invasion beach is on the right-out of sight. After most of the island was secured- the anchorages was where you can see the ship, and the unloading was done on the side you can see.
Feb. 19, 1945-
This was taken about 9:00 a.m.- D-ay - H-hour. The attack waves are forming- some are almost at the beach. The small boats and LVT's are in the third wave- I believe. Notice the cruiser laying in the close. The mountain is almost covered with smoke from bursting shells. Small black puffs over the rest of the island are exploding shells times to go off over the ehads of the enemy.
Feb-19, 1945- H-hour.
Sorry-I was wrong about the other picture. It was taken just before this by about an hour. The first wave is up by the control vessel. Just the bunch of wakes. All the smoke is from ships firing along the beach to drive the Japs back. Notice the planes overhead. They are dive bombing & strafing.
Feb- '45 -Iwo.
Giving plasma and reading dog tags.