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By Valerie Lynn Maigue

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, March 5) – Iwo Jima veterans, their families and the families of veterans who have died are arriving on Guam in the next few days, and soon will depart to Iwo Jima for the 61st anniversary reunion of the bloody battle.

The group of about 300 will tour the island before they make the annual day trip to Iwo Jima on March 8, and then return to Guam before leaving for home on March 10.

A group of Navajo Code Talkers arrived on Guam yesterday. They, too, will tour Guam and local World War II battlefields, according to organizers from the Arizona Memorial Museum Association.

[PIR editor’s note: Iwo Jima is one of the Volcano Islands - southern part of the Ogasawara Island - approximately 650 nautical miles south of Tokyo. During the World War II Pacific Campaign, in February and March of 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima was fought between the United States and Imperial Japan. The United States gained control of the island and the airfields located there as a result of the battle. The battle is famous for the raising of the U.S. flag by American troops during the battle]

March 6, 2006

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