"Where uncommon valour was a common virtue." - Admiral Chester Nimitz
75 years ago, Associated Press war photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph that became synonymous with American victory in World War II. Initial planning had projected that Iwo Jima would be captured in less than a week; however, the amphibious assault to take the island would become the U.S. Marine Corps bloodiest battleground in the war. Over 25% of all the Medals of Honor awarded to Marines in WWII would be earned in the 36 days it took to conquer Iwo. This course will review the planning for the assault, the offensive and defensive strategies used during the battle, and the ultimate significance of its outcome.