Photos of Iwo Jima John Basilone's niece Diane Hawkins took a trip to the island of Iwo Jima, the location where her Uncle was killed on February Below are color photos from her trip along side black and white photos from the battle in 1945
Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 ½ days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be.
Iwo Jima was prime real estate for Americans to launch air raids against Japan, but the island was heavily guarded by Japanese forces. Amphibious Marines are seen here battling at the foot of Mount Suribachi.