The Lions of Iwo Jima by Fred Haynes USMC-RET
The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History

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The Lions of Iwo Jima tells the full story of one of the greatest units fielded in the history of the U.S. Marines. Combat Team 28, 4500 men strong, trained for a full year, landed on the black sands of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, and raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi after four days of ferocious combat. Major General Fred Haynes USMC (Ret'd), then a young captain, is the last surviving officer in CT28 intimately involved in planning and coordinating all phases of the Team's fight on Iwo Jima. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped documents, personal narratives, and letters, in addition to more than 100 interviews with survivors, Haynes and Warren recapture in riveting detail what the Marines of Combat Team 28 experienced, placing particular emphasis on the Team's ferocious struggle to break through the main belt of the Japanese defenses to the north, and reduce the final pocket of resistance on the island in Bloody Gorge.

The Lions of Iwo Jima offers fresh interpretations of the fight for Suribachi, the iconic flag raising photo, and the nature of the campaign as a whole, and helps to answer the essential questions: Who were these men? What accounts for their extraordinary performance in battle?


About Fred Haynes USMC-RET

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Major General Fred Haynes USMC (Ret’d) commanded a combat team during the Vietnam war, and as a colonel, was the top operations officer of all Marine forces in that conflict in 1967. As a general officer, he went on to command both the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions. He is a contributor to The Marine Corps Gazette and The Naval Institute Proceedings, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is chairman emeritus of the American Turkish Council. He lives with his wife, Bonnie Arnold Haynes, in New York City.James A. Warren is the author of a highly acclaimed history of the U.S. Marines from Iwo Jima to Iraq, American Spartans, and Portrait of a Tragedy: America and the Vietnam War. A contributor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, he lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Published August 5, 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.. 285 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Military historian Warren (American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq, 2005, etc.) intermixes his narrative of the origins and conduct of the fighting with the reminiscences of veteran Haynes, who survived five weeks of brutal fighting on the Japanese island.

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Haynes, who was a captain at Iwo Jima, and military historian Warren (American Spartans ) revisit familiar ground in this account of the 1945 Pacific battle, relying heavily on Haynes's own memories of serving with the 28th Marine Combat Team.

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The Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19 – March 26, 1945) was one of the bloodiest and fiercest battles fought between American and Japanese forces in the Pacific theater, during World War II.

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Marine Corps Gazette

And, finally, this book is a call to remember the men of Iwo Jima, living and dead, by name.” On March 24, 1945, with CT-28 engaged in sporadic fighting on the northern tip of the island, Admiral Chester Nimitz and members of his staff paid an impromptu visit.

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