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Marine Corp (USMC) Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial pictures.

This is a special Memorial Day Oregon Pics feature.  Last summer my mom and I took a trip back east to watch my son Jacob graduate from Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina... along the way we stopped at several special places, below are some pictures from the Marine Corp (USMC) Memorial (sometimes called the Iwo Jima Memorial), The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Korean War Veterans Memorial, The Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.

The pictures below were shot at the Marine Corp (USMC) Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial).

The Marines landed on Iwo Jima, February 19, 1945. The U.S. Military directed 800 ships and 220,000 men into the effort. B-24s struck the island for 74 consecutive days before the Marines attacked. Iwo was only five miles long. At the southern end was the extinct 550-foot volcano, Mount Suribachi. The operation was scheduled to last 14 days. It actually lasted more than a month. The result was 5,931 Marines killed and 17,372 wounded---one Marine casualty for each Japanese on the island. (note from Brian... Think about that next time you hear the newscasters haranguing about our 'failure' in Iraq!)

On the first day of the assault, 30,000 Marines landed and an estimated 548 Marines had been killed and 1,775 wounded. Thousands more would participate in the battle and on March 16, 1945, at 6:00PM, the island was officially declared secured.

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The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful Nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775.

The small island of Iwo Jima lies 660 miles south of Tokyo. One of its outstanding geographical features is Mount Suribachi, an extinct volcano that forms the narrow southern tip of the island and rises 550 feet to dominate the area. By February 1945, U.S. troops had recaptured most of the territory taken by the Japanese in 1941 and 1942; still uncaptured was Iwo Jima, which became a primary objective in American plans to bring the Pacific campaign to a successful conclusion.

On the morning of February 19, 1945, the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions invaded Iwo Jima after a somewhat ineffective bombardment lasting 72 hours. The 28th Regiment, 5th Division, was ordered to capture Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21, and by nightfall the next day had almost completely surrounded it. On the morning of February 23, Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top. At about 10:30 a.m., men all over the island were thrilled by the sight of a small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi. That afternoon, when the slopes were clear of enemy resistance, a second, larger flag was raised by five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman: Sgt. Michael Strank, Cpl. Harlon H. Block, Pfc. Franklin R. Sousley, Pfc. Rene A. Gagnon, Pfc. Ira Hayes, and PhM. 2/c John H. Bradley, USN.

News-photographer Joe Rosenthal caught the afternoon flag raising in an inspiring Pulitzer Prize winning photograph. When the picture was later released, sculptor Felix W. de Weldon, then on duty with the U.S. Navy, was so moved by the scene that he constructed a scale model and then a life-size model of it. Gagnon, Hayes, and Bradley, the three survivors of the flag raising (the others having been killed in later phases of the Iwo Jima battle), posed for the sculptor who modeled their faces in clay. All available pictures and physical statistics of the three who had given their lives were collected and then used in the modeling of their faces.

Once the statue was completed in plaster, it was carefully disassembled and trucked to Brooklyn, N.Y., for casting in bronze. The casting process, which required the work of experienced artisans, took nearly 3 years. After the parts had been cast, cleaned, finished, and chased, they were reassembled into approximately a dozen pieces--the largest weighing more than 20 tons--and brought back to Washington, D.C., by a three truck convoy. Here they were bolted and welded together, and the statue was treated with preservatives.

Erection of the memorial, which was designed by Horace W. Peaslee, was begun in September 1954. It was officially dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Memorial Statistics:  The 32-foot-high figures are shown erecting a 60-foot bronze flagpole from which a cloth flag flies 24 hours a day in accordance with Presidential proclamation of June 12, 1961. They occupy the same positions as in Rosenthal's historic photograph. Hayes is the figure farthest from the flag staff; Sousley to the right front of Hayes; Strank on Sousley's left; Bradley in front of Sousley; Gagnon in front of Strank; and Block closest to the bottom of the flagstaff. The figures, placed on a rock slope, rise about 6 feet from a 10-foot base, making the memorial 78 feet high overall. The M-l rifle and the carbine carried by two of the figures are 16 and 12 feet long, respectively. The canteen would hold 32 quarts of water.

The base of the memorial is made of rough Swedish granite. Burnished in gold on the granite are the names and dates of every principal Marine Corps engagement since the founding of the Corps, as well as the inscription: "In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775." Also inscribed on the base is the tribute of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz to the fighting men on Iwo Jima: "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue."

The entire cost of the statue and developing the memorial site was $850,000--all donated by U.S. Marines, former Marines, Marine Corps Reservists, friends of the Marine Corps, and members of the Naval Service. No public funds were used for this memorial.


Below are pictures from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. The memorial consists of three distinct sections. "the wall", the three service men statue and flagpole and the women in service to the Vietnam war statue (not pictured)


Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial pictures and information.

Washington Monument picturesLincoln Memorial pictureBetween the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial stand the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.  Below are pictures of the Washington Monument, if you look close you can see construction taking place on the newly finished World War 2 Memorial.

You can learn more about the Washington Monument by visiting the Federal Park Service Washington Monument home page: http://www.nps.gov/wamo/home.htm

Below are pictures of the Lincoln Memorial... the Washington Monument photo on the upper left was taken from the Lincoln Memorial... the Vietnam Veterans Memorial would be on the left hand side, the Korean War Memorial would be on the right hand side.

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Lincoln Memorial picsThe Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865).  The Lincoln Memorial was built to resemble a Greek temple. It has 36 Doric columns, one for each state at the time of Lincolnís death. A sculpture by Daniel Chester French of a seated Lincoln is in the center of the memorial chamber.

Inscribed on the south wall of the monument is the Gettysburg Address. Above it is a mural painted by Jules Guerin depicting the angel of truth freeing a slave. Guerin also painted the unity of North and South mural on the north wall. Etched into the north wall below the mural is Lincolnís second inaugural speech.

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Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who died here that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have hallowed it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."


Below are pictures of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

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From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide.  The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call, those who worked and fought under the trying of circumstances, and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.

Don't forget to visit our recent Oregon Pics features highlighted below.

Crazy Horse Memorial Stone Carving October 29, 2003 ~ Cape Blanco, Battle Rock Park, Surfers at Hubbard's Creek Beach, Crazy Horse Memorial pictures Jerry and I celebrated our homecoming by traveling to several of our favorite Port Orford area locations, in this feature we post some of the better images from our excursions... Crazy Horse Memorial pictures too!

Mount Rushmore Mountain Stone Carving October 20, 2003 ~ Trip to Montana, Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, Mount Rushmore South Dakota:  Pictures and stories from my summer visit to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, and my son Jacob's 2 week leave at my mom's ranch in Montana.

June 22, 2003, Father's Day visits to Battle Rock Park, Cape Blanco Lighthouse, and Paradise Point State Park:  Jerry and I spend Father's Day visiting some of our favorite Port Orford locations.

June 12, 2003, Big Surf at Battle Rock Park:  Cool large surf pictures from our daily visits to Battle Rock Park... plus more images from our travels to Wyoming's Yellowstone Park.

May 27, 2003, Port Orford Kite Festival, Wild Rivers Coast Windfest Pictures from the Port Orford Kite Festival on Port Beach... plus the first set of images from our visit to Yellowstone Park.

April 23, 2003, Port Orford to Gold Beach Drive, Part 1, Part 2: Jerry and I drive from Port Orford to Gold Beach and back, along the way we stop at the Port Orford Cove viewpoint, Humbug Mountain and 3 Sisters overlooks, Nesika Beach, Patterson Bridge/Mary D. Hume informational spot, and more.  Click here for Part 1, Part 2

March 22, 2003, Morning visit to beautiful Bandon-Oregon, Part 1, Part 2: I started at Face Rock State Park and headed north along Beach Loop Drive and stopped several times to take fantastic pictures and movies of the Coquille River Lighthouse and Bandon Jetty.  Click here for Part 1, Part 2.

March 04, 2003, Low tide walk on Battle Rock Beach, Part 1, Part 2: Jerry and I took a late afternoon walk on Battle Rock Beach.  We timed our visit to coincide with a 4:30pm negative low tide, during our walk we shoot some fantastic beach level pictures and movies.

February 26, Big Surf at Hubbards Creek Beach: We take a walk on Hubbards Creek Beach, soak in some sun, read a good book, and take pics some super big surf pics.

Click here for more wave and splash images like the one on the right.

February 12, Morning visit to Cape Blanco Park, Part 1, Part 2: Jerry and I take advantage of the wonderful weather and take great pictures of the Sixes River Valley, Historic Hughes House, Cape Blanco Headland, Lighthouse, and beach in this two part feature.

You can view more pics of the Cape Blanco Headland and Lighthouse (like the one on the left) by clicking here, Part 2

Beach sunset pictures February 5, Cape Blanco Sunset: Super sunset and lighthouse photos from Jerry and my late afternoon visit to Cape Blanco Park and Beach.

You can view more super sunset pics from Cape Blanco Park and Beach (like the one on the right) by clicking here.

January 14 visit to Battle Rock Park and Beach: Fantastic pics of Battle Rock Park and beach in this two part photo feature.

You can view more great images of Battle Rock Park and Beach (like the one on the left) by clicking here.  Part 1, Part 2

Roosevelt Elk pictures January 13 visit to the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area: There are some great Roosevelt Elk pictures in this previous feature that I shot at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area just east of Reedsport.  Also on this page are images from my visit to Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

Click here to see some great Roosevelt Elk and Montana pictures!

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