The Iwo Jima Memorial in 2001

The photos below were taken by a crew member of the son
of AWONer
Adrian Leist Caldwell on March 12, 2001.

The long island from across the deck.

 

Mt. Suribachi.

 

The sands of Iwo Jima.

 

Suribachi over a Japanese gun emplacement.

 

A burned-out U.S. tank has seen its better days.

 

The Marine Memorial on top of Mt. Suribachi.

 

Detail on the Memorial.

On Sunday, February 20, 2005, an article appeared in the Missoula, MT
Missoulian – about the famous picture (and later statue) of the flag raising on
Mt. Suribachi. The "original" flag, as it turns out – that is the one pictured
BEFORE the more famous picture was taken – actually came from the

USS Missoula, a tank transport ship that had been serving
as a field hospital for the 35,000 Marines on the island.

So the flag from the Missoula was the very first American flag
to ever fly over Japanese soil during World War II.

To see the article, Click Here!

 

The photos were provided by Adrian Caldwell, with thanks!

The original photos were posted on April 1,2001, and the page
was upgraded in February, 2004, with thanks to Nancy Sue Johnson
for the link to the Missoulian article.