Iwo Jima 75th Anniversary Publication

Uncommon Valor

“No foreign army in the 5,000-year history of Japan had ever successfully conquered Japanese territory. In late 1944, American war planners were about to challenge that statistic on the tiny Pacific island of Iwo Jima.”
John Walker, Warfare History Network

“Iwo Jima was the only major engagement of the Pacific War in which U.S. casualties, killed and wounded, outstripped the total of Japanese dead.”
Donald Sommerville, Encyclopedia Britannica

“The Battle of Iwo Jima represented to the Americans the pinnacle of forcible entry from the sea. This particular amphibious assault was the ultimate ‘storm landing,’ the Japanese phrase describing the American propensity for concentrating overwhelming force at the point of attack.”
–  Joseph Alexander, Historynet

22 U.S. Marines and 5 U.S. Navy members received the Medal of Honor



February 2020 – 75 Years on…

In February of 2020, the world will mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, considered by many to be the United States Marine Corps’ defining moment; the battle that gave America its most graphic icon of the war for control of the Pacific – Joe Rosenthal’s photograph of six Americans raising the Stars and Stripes on war-torn Mount Suribachi. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photo became synonymous with the Corps, appearing on numerous magazine covers, providing inspiration for the Marine Corps National Monument in Arlington National Cemetery, and becoming the unofficially adopted image of the Corps for future decades.

Ceremonies attended by veterans, heads of state and high-level dignitaries from the armed forces will be taking place nationally to commemorate this historic occasion.

Anniversary Publication

To commemorate the 75th anniversary, the Iwo Jima Association of America has partnered with renowned military publisher Faircount Media Group in the production of a special anniversary publication titled:

Uncommon Valor: The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Commencing with an impressive series of introductions and forewords from current and former Marine Corps and Department of Defense leaders, this full-color glossy publication will focus on the chronology of circumstances that surrounded this historic American victory, beginning with Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt’s subsequent appointment of Adm. Chester Nimitz as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, and the chain of events that eventually led to Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II. The publication will also tell the story of the wonderful work of the Iwo Jima Association of America and its dedication to preserving the history of the Battle of Iwo Jima for future generations.

Editorial Synopsis


Letter from President of IJAA



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Iwo Jima Association of America

The Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history of the Battle of Iwo Jima for future generations. Annually IJAA sponsors two educational and historical symposiums, in the Washington, DC, locale and on the island of Guam. The symposium on Guam includes the “Reunion of Honor” memorial services on Iwo Jima, jointly held with the Iwo Jima Association of Japan (IJAJ). The primary purpose of these symposiums is to honor those on both sides who sacrificed so much by educating the younger generations on the history of the battle in particular and World War II in general.



Faircount is a leader in the publishing of military history books and magazines. Our extensive list of publishing partners includes The U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and many others. In 1995 Faircount published a special edition for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima and 25 years on, is proud and honored to reprise its role as publisher to one of World War II’s most defining moments.

More information is available at www.faircount.com


Disclaimer:  The contents of this information kit or the planned publication are not necessarily the views of, or endorsed by the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, or the U.S. Marine Corps. The use of logos, images, quotes, links, video, and participation by current or prior defense department employees does not constitute endorsement.