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    Imagine yourself, sitting on one of the many transport ships heading towards an unknown island about to reveal yourself to an unknown amount of enemy troops. The morning before your arrival you are prepared a gourmet meal and briefed on how the plan was expected to go down. 7:00 strikes and you are now being guided down to your tractors to make the rest of the way to your destination, your mind is going wild with thought but you do know one thing for sure: you are part of a team, a band of brothers, and prepared to pay the ultimate price for any of them. This was exactly the case for the thousands among thousands of Marines that showed themselves in the historic Battle of Iwo Jima. The book Flags of Our Fathers describes this brutal thirty-six day battle, and takes us in depth with 6 of our nation's heroes; “The Flag Raisers:” Cpl. Harlon Block, Navy Pharmacist's Mate John Bradley, Cpl. Rene Gagnon, PFC Franklin Sousley, Sgt. Michael Strank, and Cpl. Ira Hayes.…

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    Iwo Jima Battle Analysis

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    There are four important battles that took place between Allied forces and Japanese forces. The first battle is known as the Battle of Midway, and according to the textbook (2014), the battle began when the United States sent ships into the area known as Midway to protect an airfield there. Japan viewed this as a breaking of code, and sent their men to Midway. While the leader of the naval ships, Chester Nimitz, hid his men beyond the horizon, he waited for the Japanese to start the attack. Even…

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    Iwo Jima Campaign

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    The Objectives of the Iwo Jima campaign were pretty clear cut and concise. The U.S. Army Air Force had the intention to safeguard the B-29 Superfortresses and provide fighter plane escort from Iwo Jima. However, jointly the United States Navy desired seizure of Okinawa for future strategical advantages along with the United States Army Air force benefiting from acquiring Iwo Jima. The combination of the both these objectives would seem as beneficial to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Navy was…

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    powerful enough to lead her to leave the man she loves behind. Phoenix, the old woman in A Worn Path, by Eudora Welty, is another tale of a strong female subject in Literature: A World of Writing (Welty, 1941). Phoenix perseveres through dangerous obstacles, differential treatment, and the worrisome burden of an ill grandson as she makes her journey showing that love can override almost anything. The title of the short story, A Worn Path, indicates that Phoenix has made the same journey…

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    military in World War II. They are known for fighting many important battles, however they also had well known specialized branches. Their presence in World War II was crucial in winning the war. Marines were the true heroes of World War Two because of the Marine Raiders, Battle of Iwo Jima, and the Battle of Okinawa. The Marines were very important and remain famous figures in American history. When America joined World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to make a new group of…

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    one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War in his book, Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa. Colonel Alexander, a combat veteran and accomplished military historian, was not at Tarawa, but he has seen violent combat in Vietnam. He spent eleven of his twenty-nine years of service in amphibian tractor battalions. These were similar to the ones used at Tarawa. Colonel Alexander used several sources including translated Japanese war documents, numerous interviews from mentors, and…

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    Marine Corps Failure

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    After witnessing the raising of the American Flag by Marines on the Japanese island stronghold of Iwo Jima in 1945, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal turned to Marine General Holland “Howling Mad” Smith to exclaim, “The raising of the flag on Iwo Jima guarantees the Marine Corps for the next 500 years.” Unfortunately, Secretary Forrestal was unaware of another battle that had already begun in the halls of the Pentagon, the committee rooms of Congress, and in the court of public opinion that…

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    John Updike's Icons

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    An icon is a symbol that is permanently significant, timeless, easily recognized, cultural significance, an artifact (human made), and not a celebrity (icon picture of a celebrity). One icons that fits this category is Mickey Mouse’s silhouette because when we look at Mickey it’s one big circle for the head and two smaller circles for the ears that we can easily identify it as Mickey Mouse. Another icon that fits the categories is the photo of Firefighters at Ground Zero. The is taken after the…

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    Iwo Jima Essay

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    Iwo Jima, along with many other objectives in the Pacific, have come under scrutiny from many historians. Burrell, specifically, criticized the most senior officers of the U.S. armed forces at the time over their incompetence and rivalry. He proved that their indifference resulted in a senseless and bloody loss of Marine life. Nearly a third of all Marines who died in World War II, lost their lives on Iwo Jima. These losses though, were twisted into a public relations masquerade which resulted…

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    painted mainly by the media in Flags of Our Fathers. “This is no joke! This is real war (Bradley, 58)!” This statement is yelled out anonymously from the roof of the KGU radio station in Honolulu during the Japanese’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. In context, it highlights the influence of the media on the American people. The American civilians who chose not to sign up for combat would later receive a distorted image of the war from the media. “It’s funny what a picture can do (Bradley, 275).” …

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