The Pacific War Memorial Association


DEDICATED - 10 a.m., March 16, 2002 at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii (MCBH)


The Memorial in the Making    Trip to Iwo Jima  
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The memorial was uncrated on 13 Febuary and placed upon the base on 14 Febuary.

Chris Messer - Project Coordinator, Dick Pacific Construction


                Marty and Darlene Schmid’s Columbia River Monuments of Hermiston, Oregon, is doing its part for history this month, inscribing ten black granite panels for an Iwo Jima memorial to be dedicated in March.

Black granite panels being prepared.

                The Battle of Iwo Jima raged on that tiny volcanic island from Feb. 19 to March 26, 1945. Japanese and American casualties totaled more than 40,000.  Four days into the battle, on Feb. 23, members of the 28th Regiment, 5th Marine Division raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the island – and the U.S. troops, on land and sea, cheered the sight.  Hours later, a second, larger flag was raised, to replace the first.

                AP photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the second flag-raising on film in what would soon become the world’s most reproduced photographic image. Beside Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo on the front side of the monument, visitors will see Marine photographer Sergeant Lou Lowery’s shot of the first flag-raising and PFC Robert R. Campbell’s photo of the flag exchange, along with a listing of the names of all the flag-raisers.

                The granite panels on the reverse side of the monument base will reflect the contributions of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions during the battle. Across the top of these three panels will be a quote from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, United States Navy, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet – 1945, part of which reads,  “Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

                End panels will feature a map of Iwo Jima and detail the formation of the Fifth Amphibious Corps, the plan of the attack., and the civilian support provided for those who trained in the territory both before and after the battle.

                The molds for the bronze were created by renowned artist Joseph Petrovics, using battle artifacts (helmets, boots, canteen holders, etc.) shared by Iwo Jima survivors.  Sculpture House Casting of New York City – whose headquarters is less than a mile from “Ground Zero” -- cast the bronze of the flag-raisers, under the close supervision of master craftsman Salvatore Perrotta.

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