Iwo Jima is a small Japanese island made infamous by its pivotal battle during World War II.  It has been considered as part of the Japanese home land for thousands of years and is actually part of Tokyo prefecture.  Today it is uninhibited and only has a few hundred Japanese military stationed there.  There is no commercial airport and tourists are not allowed to visit.  However, through my job I was blessed to be able to spend a day on the island, walk the volcanic beaches and to climb Mt. Sirabachi.

Here are some photos of this isolated island full known for its 35 day battle that resulted in almost 28,000 Japanese and American deaths.  It was a battle of strategy on both sides and the allied victory was pivotal to the final victory on mainland Japan.

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