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Iwo Jima: 50 Years of Memories

It was one of the last major battles of WWII, fought on a tiny Pacific island only eight square miles. And when it was over, nearly 30,000 American and Japanese men were dead. Thousands more were wounded.

Iwo Jima: 50 Years of Memories remains a moving tribute to all of the men who suffered through this horrific campaign - and thousands who didn't come home.

​This is the story of Iwo Jima, told entirely through the voices of American servicemen who survived the hell that was "Operation Detachment." Interiewed in 1995 - 50 years after the last shot on Iwo was fired - many of these brave men had never before spoken to anyone about their experiences on "Sulpher Island" - a silence that haunted them for decades.

Originally broadcast on PBS stations in 1996, Iwo Jima: 50 Years of Memories has been digitally remastered with added footage and photographs, including additional maps and archival film not previously available to the public.

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In hindsight comes clarity.  Recording the innermost stories of many Iwo Jima veterans was a fascinating and humbling experience.  Thinking back, this was an episode of combat veterans offloading traumatic tales, a defacto battle against the combustible stresses of PTSD.  Through the weave of all of their words came this realization:

Certain stories require the listening heart of a fellow veteran.

"A very truthful history. You captured on film the Iwo I remember - better than any other film. I didn't cry, but my wife did, and that is notable - you often wonder if anyone can really feel what happened here."

- Paul M. Merriman, Iwo Jima veteran

"As a veteran of Iwo Jima myself, I find these recollections chillingly true to my own. A valuable addition to the archives of the war in the Pacific."

- Richard Wheeler, Iwo Jima veteran and author of Iwo and The Bloody Battle for Suribachi

Don't wait 50 years to share your story: With a fellow veteran. With a friend. With someone.