Lead: While the invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945 was not universally advocated, the Marines who landed there with their forfeit and blood made it an eternal shrine to courage and sacrifice.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: One of the brilliant tactics of the US war in the Pacific in World War II was “island-hopping.” American forces would hop around an island deemed unessential to the war on Japan and heavily defended by the Japanese and move to better islands closer to the homeland from which air attacks could be launched. The Japanese defenders on islands hopped over would thus be cut off from supplies and support and left to rot until the war was over. Originally, Iwo Jima was a candidate for hopping. It had 22,000 Jap troops heavily dug in and thoroughly supplied.