Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jeep Iwo Jima Landing

Jeep Iwo Jima Landing by lee.ekstrom
Jeep Iwo Jima Landing, a photo by lee.ekstrom on Flickr.
Jeep 4x4 in Iwo Jima Operation, 1945

"Pinned Down -- Fourth Division Marines are pinned down by enemy fire as they hit the beach at Iwo Jima on D-Day, February 19. Making their fourth amphibious assault in 13 months, the veteran fighters are ready to secure the right flank of the initial beachhead.'"

Quoted from the original picture caption released for publication on 25 February 1945 by Commander in Chief, Pacific.

The landing ship in the background (with its bow and stern numbers censored) is LSM-206.

Note broached LCM in the center, and swamped jeep and LCVP (also with identification markings censored) at right.

The original photograph came from the illustrations package for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II", volume XIV: "Victory in the Pacific".

The photo was provided to Morison by E.J. Long. It was uploaded to Flickr by Lee Ekstrom.

Photo #: NH 65312.

Official U.S. Marine Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.