National Geographic Story on Iwo Jima to air Dec. 5, 6 and 8

Fellow Veterans and Friends...

Why do we have a "story" about IWO JIMA on the KWVA website? The answer is: the 5th Marines, at Iwo Jima, who provided many of the first USMC forces into the Pusan Perimeter, 1950. The second reason is that Military Historic Tours, operator of Korea Revisits Program for the KWVA, directed and operated the Return to IWO this past March, in the National Geographic series.

KWVA Director Warren Wiedhahn told us "We enjoyed working with National Geographic and you will recognize many veterans in the documentary."

How It Was: Battle for Iwo Jima... airs Wed., Dec. 5, 2007, at 10pm Eastern

During World War Two, the battle of Iwo Jima was a brutal and unforgiving fight to the death resulting in the highest single event casualty rate in Marine Corps history. The event was immortalized by a photograph of the American flag being raised on Mt. Suribachi the inspiration for the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. But there is much more to Iwo Jima than a single image. National Geographic Channels Battle for Iwo Jima will change your perceptions about one of the decisive battles in the Pacific campaign. This new examination of startling color film footage and dramatic eyewitness testimony is highlighted by a rare trip to the remote island where more than 25,000 American and Japanese soldiers died during five weeks of horrific combat.

Also airs Thurs., Dec 6, 1am; and Sat. Dec. 8, 3pm.

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(Posted 12/2/07)