Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima

The Story of the Medal of Honor Recipients in the Marine Corps' Bloodiest Battle of World War II

Book Description

When the smoke cleared on Iwo Jima in March 1945, 19,000 American Marines had been wounded and 7,000 were dead, a casualty rate of nearly 39 percent. Lasting over a month, Iwo was the Marines' bloodiest battle of the war and the only Pacific battle in which a U.S. landing force suffered more casualties than it inflicted. It was also the most highly decorated single engagement in Marine Corps history.

  • Focuses on the twenty-two Marines and five Navy personnel who received the Medal of Honor and the actions that earned the award
  • Accounts of men at war showing gallantry under fire in one of the country's most storied engagements
  • Recounts the entire Battle of Iwo Jima through its most dramatic moments

  • About Hallas, James H.

    James Hallas is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and has been in the weekly newspaper business for more than thirty years as reporter, editor, and publisher. He is the author of four books: Killing Ground on Okinawa, The Devil’s Anvil: The Assault on Peleliu, Squandered Victory: The Battle for St. Mihiel, and Doughboy War: The American Expeditionary Force in World War I. He lives in Portland, Connecticut.