Iwo Jima. A captured Japanese sword from Mount Suribachi Captured February 23, 1945
A captured officer's sword, with wooden handle, brass fixtures and bound cloth grip, the leather scabbard annotated in ink at the hilt 'captured Iwo Jima Suribachi by Pvt .... 2.23.45 USMC'. length 36 in.
Exhibited: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, 1995-2007
Provenance: The War Museum
This sword captured on the day of the flag raising so ably captured by Joe Rosenthal. After the first 2 days on the beaches the 3rd Marine Division were ordered to take the small mountain at the southern tip of the island, Mount Suribachi. The fighting was intense and the Japanese were encased in the large network of caves in the mountain itself. On the morning of the 23rd February at 10.37 the first flag was planted at the summit of Mount Suribachi.
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