70 years ago, this week, the main fighting ended on Iwo Jima. For a month Marines had been in combat. Finally it was over. The airfield was being repaired and improved. The Division cemeteries were built and being filled. The number of graves was so great that Seabees with earth moving equipment were used dig trenches in rows.
Yesterday, March 21st, 2015, Marine veterans from Iwo Jima and current active duty Marines visited the island. For many of the battle veterans, it will be the last time. They are elderly. The island is far away and it is now back in the hands of the Japanese who do not allow casual visitors. Here's what Stars and Stripes wrote about yesterday's observances.