Dedication ceremony of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (The Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Sculptor Felix de Weldon and photographer Joe Rosenthal shake hands with the statue of flag raising in the background. Chaplain says a prayer at a ceremony. Spectators seated with their hats off. President's car comes own the drive way followed by others. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks with Navy personnel. Vice President Richard Nixon talks to a Marine who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Nixon poses with the three survivors of the original flag raising at Iwo Jima. Statue of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. A sign at the base of the statue reads 'Felix de Weldon 1945-1954'.
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.
The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) dedicated by President Dwight Eisenhower in Arlington, Virginia. Sculptor of the Memorial Felix de Weldon talking to a guest. A large crowd in the background. U.S. Marines march with the American and USMC flag. Weldon and photographer who shot the original Iwo Jima flag raising, Joe Rosenthal shaking hands before the Memorial. The Iwo Jima Memorial.
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.
The U.S. 3rd Marine Division reenacts the battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific, ten years later. An aircraft in flight. Ships move towards the island of Iwo Jima. The U.S. 3rd Marine Division disembark from a landing craft and advance in land. Soldiers climb Mount Suribachi. Soldiers stand in front of the American flag.