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Our Mission

The Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history of the Battle of Iwo Jima for future generations. Annually IJAA sponsors two educational and historical symposiums, in the Washington, DC locale and on the island of Guam. The symposium on Guam includes the "Reunion of Honor" memorial services on Iwo Jima, jointly held with the Iwo Jima Association of Japan (IJAJ). The primary purpose of these symposiums is to honor those on both sides who sacrificed so much by educating the younger generations on the history of the battle in particular, and World War II in general.


The IJAA is a 501(c)(3) public charity

Fund Drive

The administration and organization of IJAA has been costly in both time and resources. Consequently, we require an infusion of additional funds to establish our educational component. Annual member dues are insufficient to make this transition.

Sponsor a Iwo Jima Veteran

Throughout the year IJAA receives requests from our wonderful Iwo Jima Veterans who desire to return to that island on which they gave so much while some of their comrades paid the ultimate price for their counry. However, most of these aging warriors are on a fixed income and unable to provide the necessary funds. To assist in defraying those costs, IJAA has a number of fundraising efforts such as raffles and merchandise sales, but for the most part, must depend on the tax-free donations from our patriotic public and members. IJAA invites you to sponsor a Iwo Jima Veteran by a tax free donation to IJAA, a 501 ( C ) 3 Public Charity.

Please make a tax deductible donation to further the Iwo Jima Association of America. Your generous financial contribution will help ensure the name Iwo Jima will live forever in the annals of Military History!

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Ellen Creager , Detroit Free Press
September 29, 2016

"The day that will live in infamy"
The memorial to the USS Arizona floats over the submerged battleship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  (Photo: MARY ELLEN BOTTER/KRT)
The memorial to the USS Arizona floats over the submerged battleship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo: MARY ELLEN BOTTER/KRT)

Most people alive today recall the dreadful day of Sept. 11, 2001, when the twin towers fell in New York.

Far fewer of us can personally remember Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Japanese, killing 2,043 Americans and pulling the U.S. into World War II.

The 75th anniversary of that event is this year. While more memorial than memory, Pearl Harbor still inspires:

♦Ceremony: December will see commemorations organized by the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy (Navy (for any survivors of Pearl Harbor or World War II veterans interested in attending Dec. 7 event; please call 808-473-1173.) Some events will be open to the public (http://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com.)

♦Travel:  Many organizations are sponsoring special trips. Try "75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor" by Military Historical Tours, Dec. 2-8 (includes hotel, meals, events but not airfare, $2,695 per person, https://www.miltours.com.); or “75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Symposium and Tour” Dec. 1-8 offered by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans (geared to avid history buffs, includes hotel, meals, noted historians, special events but not airfare, $8,995 per person, call 877-813-3329 ext. 257, http://www.ww2museumtours.org.)

♦Tours: If you are in Honolulu and want to visit Pearl Harbor on your own, here are two options I like:
"Passport to Pearl Harbor”:  Buy tickets directly from www.recreation.gov ($65). Includes all four main Pearl Harbor sites — the USS Arizona memorial, Battleship Missouri memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and the Pacific Aviation Museum.  If you just want to see the USS Arizona memorial, tickets are free, either walk-up (sometimes they run out) or in advance.

“Air, Land and Sea Pearl Harbor Tour” sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Visitors Bureau. You visit the sites at Pearl Harbor then take a thrilling 45-minute helicopter ride over Pearl Harbor and Honolulu ($348 adult, https://visitpearlharbor.org.) They also offer land-based bus tours from $39 and up that take you to Pearl Harbor and related sites.

 — Ellen Creager

Are you an Iwo Jima Vet? Do you know an Iwo Jima Vet?

We have begun planning for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which will take place in 2020. We are working to locate ANY surviving veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima to add them to the roster of surviving veterans and to discuss having them take part in the Anniversary events in 2020.

If you are a veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima, please GO HERE and fill out the form with your contact information, and advise us when the best time to discuss adding your name to the veterans' roster and possible interest in the Anniversary events.

If you know of a living veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima, please GO HERE and fill out the form with your contact information and as much as possible of the contact information of the surviving veteran.


Norman H. Smith
LtGen USMC (Ret)
Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA)
PO Box #680
Quantico, VA 22134