From 19 February through 26 March 1945, the U.S.Marine Corps and U.S. Navy participated in one of the most impactful battles during World War II, the battle of Iwo Jima. This battle saw more than 26,000 American casualties and a total of 27 Medals of Honor awarded to men who went beyond the call of duty during the fight for the island.
Twenty-two U.S. Marines were awarded Medals of Honor for their actions on Iwo Jima. That is 25% of the total 83 Medals of Honor that were awarded to Marines throughout World War II. Twelve Marines who fought on Iwo Jima received the honor posthumously.
Let’s take a minute to reflect on the heroism of two recipients of the Medal of Honor, Private First Class Jacklyn H. Lucas and Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, and the ultimate sacrifice of Marine legend, Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, who had already received a Medal of Honor for his actions on Guadalcanal.