Iwo Jima Patriotic Ceremony
Sun, February 19, 2017
The Battleship TEXAS will be the host site for the upcoming “Iwo Jima Memorial Ceremony”. The event sponsored by the Battleship TEXAS Foundation and conducted by The Marine Corps Coordinating Council (MCCC) will be held on the bow of the TEXAS. This event commemorates the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII and remembers the Marines and Navy personnel who fought there.
The assault on Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) was aimed at seizing the island and the Japanese airfields located there. The capture of Iwo Jima would provide an emergency landing field for the Air Force B-29 Bombers attacking Japan and eliminate Japanese fighters attacking them from Iwo Jima. The five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific during World War II. The assault units of the V Amphibious Corps – Marine and Navy personnel - sustained over 24,000 casualties including 6,140 who died. Almost all of the estimated 24,000 Japanese defenders were killed.
The Battleship TEXAS was one of the key ships in the pre-assault bombardment and provided fire support for the landing and subsequent operations ashore. The large 14” guns of the TEXAS’ main armament were one of the few weapons that could damage the heavily fortified Japanese positions. The support of the TEXAS throughout the battle greatly assisted the Marines.
Iwo Jima proved to be a critical emergency landing field; 2,252 B-29 Bombers made forced landings by war’s end. This figure represented 24,761 crewman many of whom might have perished at sea.
The MCCC is the umbrella group for Marine Corps organizations in the Houston area. Primary supporters of the event are the McLemore Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Houston Chapter of the 3rd Marine Division Association,
For more information on this event please call (281) 479-2431 x234 or to learn more about the MCCC please visit their website at http://www.houstonmarines.org.