More than 60 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima, questions still remain and controversies still rage. The battleground in Japan is where six men bravely planted the American flag after a fierce and bloody fight. The picture is frozen in the minds of many Americans and it inspired the Marine Memorial in Washington, D.C. But where are those six men? What are their stories?
One of the brave Marines captured in the photo carried a picture of his girlfriend inside the webbing of his helmet. Did he make it back alive to see her again? How was the flag-raising picture taken? Was it staged? Find out the whole story and hear what it was like to fight a war in a place the Marines say was "hell with the fire out."
Back home in the United States, Americans were still recovering from the Great Depression. It was a time when The World's Fair came to New York and Lou Gehrig said goodbye. President Roosevelt and the American public had no idea of the ferocity, the intensity and the extraordinary number of casualties that would come with the Iwo Jima battle.
Learn about America's heroes and honor their extraordinary efforts in this stirring episode of "War Stories with Oliver North."
Staff for this episode:
Executive producer: Pamela K. Browne
Produced and written by: Pamela K. Browne and Cyd Upson
Editor: Robert Murray
Designer: Greg Van Why