quote by James Forrestal

The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.

— James Forrestal

Powerful Iwo Jima quotations

Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.


No other island received as much preliminary pounding as did Iwo Jima.

I don't want any romantics to go into the military.

I'm not a pacifist. I think we need a military, and the better one we have, the better off we are. I don't want kids going in there thinking that it's John Wayne on Iwo Jima. That's not healthy.

I don't know anything about the history of music.

See you on the other side, kid.


The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.

I wish black people had a flag they could put into the ground, like when the troops stormed Iwo Jima.

Off they go on this sort of camping trip to Iwo Jima, where they're taken around and shown where all the battles took place. It's very moving. Disgusting little island, though. Still an active volcano. Stinks of sulfur. There are dead Japanese everywhere under that island. It's icky. But I knew I would never have another chance to go, so I took the job.