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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!

Donate Now

Dear lwo Jima Veterans, Families and Friends:

On October 30, 2016, a beautiful day for the Marine Corps 26.2 mile Marathon, the Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) launched a team of intrepid runners to join some 30,000 participants for the wonderful Peoples' Marathon through downtown Washington DC, Arlington and the Monu­ments. To that end the IJAA owes a BIG THANK YOU to: Mary Ponder, Jane Bennet Aldous, Trish Palmer, Megan Kaylor, Lib­erty Phillips, Traci Ball, Justin Nyce, and "Art" Sifuentes.

What was lacking in speed (by some) was more than made up for in spirit, Esprit De Corps, and sheer determination. The time invested in training; the pain, fatigue, sore aching mus­cles, schedule changes and adjustments, and pure dogged­ness to complete a 26.2 mile jaunt is no mean feat. Congratu­lations to all! But even more important, Thank You to all who donated to this fundraising campaign toward helping our lwo Jima veterans return to lwo Jima. And a special Thanks to EM­BLEMAX for their support and beautiful running shirts.

IJAA raised nearly $10,000. We hope to do it again next year and raise even more ... Again ... Thanks all. ..

Well Done and Semper Fi,

LtGen "Norm" Smith
USMC (Ret)
President/CEO IJAA














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