A film titled 'Uncommon Valor' about the raising of the U.S. flag by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. United States naval fleet underway off the coast of Iwo Jima. U.S. Army Air Forces aircraft in flight. U.S. 4th and 5th Division Marines disembark from a ship and get onto landing crafts as they head towards the Iwo Jima shoreline. Marines land ashore and advance inland. They raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi. A newspaper boy sells newspapers on a street in the United States. A picture of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. View of sculptor Felix De Weldon as he carves a sculpture of the flag raising event. Scenes from the unveiling and dedication ceremony of the original limestone statue on November 10, 1951, at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, for the 176th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps. (The version of the statue seen in this footage had been placed in front of the Navy Department Building at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 19th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C on 10 November 1945. It features 9 foot figures at 1.5 times life size scale. This sculpture was moved to Quantico Marine Base on 17 November 1947. It had been originally constructed by De Weldon of Indiana limestone, cement, and sand due to a lack of bronze during the war. At the time of its move to Quantico in 1947, the statue had deteriorated due to weather. Also, coats of paint to give the look of bronze had hidden much of the detail and had to be removed. Felix de Weldon supervised the repairs at Quantico before the statue was officially dedicated at the main entrance of Quantico on 10 November 1951, as seen in this ceremony). Officers lined up at the ceremony and many guests in the audience. A parking lot seen in the distance behind the assembled crowd. Cover sheets being removed as the war memorial is unveiled at Quantico.
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial original statue during its unveiling ceremony at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia on November 10, 1951 (This is after the statue had been moved from its original Constitution Avenue location in Washington DC in 1947, and subsequently renovated under sculptor de Weldon's supervision while it was in Quantico.). A sign on the memorial reads "Uncommon valor was a common virtue, 1945." Next scenes show sculptor Felix de Weldon as he works to build the larger Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was dedicated in November 1954. Felix de Weldon measuring a model of the flag raising on Iwo Jima made by him. de Weldon and others on his team work to carve the large war memorial in plaster before it is cast in bronze. Views of the sculpted faces of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima: Faces of John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank. Brief glimpse of the original flag raising scene on Mount Suribachi in February 1945. Next scene, circa 1954 or 1955, shows the completed Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze, in Arlington Virginia, with Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial landmarks of Washington DC in the background. Close-up views of faces of a young boy, an elderly woman, and a middle aged man who removes his hat. American flag fluttering in the breeze atop the war memorial.
Activities of U.S. Marines off the shore of Iwo Jima, Japan during the Battle of Iwo Jima, World War II. A Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVTs) on its way to Iwo Jima beach. A Landing Ship Medium (LSM) in the background. Iwo Jima and Mount Suribachi in view. A wave of LVTs with troops aboard underway towards Iwo Jima. A Landing Craft Infantry (LCIs) in the background. Smoke rises from the bombardment at Iwo Jima shoreline. Airplanes bomb Iwo Jima beach. The wave of LVTs approach the beach in the foreground. Mortar fire close to an LVT. Iwo Jima beachhead shows marines pinned down at the water's edge. Explosions as shells burst in the background. The marines fire guns from battleships and destroyers offshore. Iwo Jima shoreline shows many explosions and heavy smoke as the shells hit the beach. The LCI fires towards the beach. A rocket barrage bursts on the beach. A wrecked Japanese ship. Rocket trails in the foreground.
From "The Last Bomb": The defeat of Japan through American airpower in World War 2. A single B-29 from the 39th Bomb Group (stationed at North Field Guam) drops clusters of incendiary and fragmentation bombs over Japan. Bombs away view of large number of bombs falling toward Japan. A formation of B-29s from the 498th Bomb Group, Isley Field, Saipan, in flight during a daytime bombing mission over Japan. Explosions and smoke rise from targets in Japan, including two Japanese aircraft plants and an airdrome as part of U.S. tactical plan 574. Color, low aerial view of massive bomb damage over Tokyo following U.S. air attacks of March 1945. Escorting P-51s from Iwo Jima engage defending Japanese fighter aircraft in dogfights. Later, P-51s conduct strafing attacks against Japanese ground targets, including: lines of communication; railroads; marshaling yards; factories; airfields; ships; and harbors. Color gun camera footage shows these strafing attacks. P-51s returning to land at Iwo Jima and performing celebratory rolls over the field. Crippled B-29s making emergency landings on Iwo Jima. A B-29 from 500th Bomb Group with an engine shutdown. A B-29 from the 29th Bomb Group. Bad weather over runway at Iwo Jima forces a P-51 pilot to bail out over the field. A B-29 from the 6th Bomb Group ditches in water near beach on Iwo Jima. A B-29 crashes and bursts into flames during landing at Iwo Jima (all crew escapes.) Firefighters douse the flames with foam. Formation of B-29s from 39th Bomb Group returning to Guam after bombing mission over Japan. A B-29 crashing on landing and bursting into flames. Sole surviving crew member being carried on stretcher, as firemen and rescue teams work at scene. Formations of B-29s from 498th Bomb Group and 9th Bomb Group, in flight. Good color view from B-29 of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which brought about the capitulation of Japan and end of World War 2. Large mushroom cloud rising into the air following atomic bomb explosion at Nagasaki.
View from inside one of several U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 liberator bombers attacking Japanese positions on Iwo Jima in World War II. Dim aerial view of Iwo Jima from overflying Navy PB4Y. Smoke rising from isolated explosions on the ground. U.S. Navy warships, including battleships, cruisers, and gunboats, of Task Force 51, commanded by Vice Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner, are visible but not individually identifiable from the air. smoke rising onshore as shells from navy guns explode. Smoke also seen from the barrels of the warships themselves, as they fire barrages. Large white clouds of smoke obscure the beaches of Iwo Jima as the warships begin firing white phosphorus shells. At the same time, large numbers of amphibious landing craft are assembled in lines ready to move toward the beach. Bright images of the battleship, USS Idaho (BB-42) bombarding Iwo Jima with her twelve 14-inch guns. View from the air over Iwo Jima during the naval bombardment.
The invasion of Iwo Jima by the United States troops during Battle of Iwo Jima, World War II. Aerial view of bombardment on Iwo Jima. Japanese installations and terrain in view. Small craft underway in circles. Bombardment on the Iwo Jima coastline. Wave of landing vehicle tracked (LVTs) underway at sea. Ships in transport area at Iwo Jima. LVTs underway at sea. LVTs head towards the beach, Mount Suribachi in the background. Battleships underway at sea.