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A biography on tadamichi kuribayashi
By ben f higey
Sunday, October 21, 2007

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this is a report I did one year for school on Tadamichi Kuribayashi and the flagraisers on the island of iwo jima.

Tadamichi Kuribayashi
His Military Life
For the battle on Iwo Jima Tadamichi had met with the
Prime Minister which was a special honor. He was chosen to
Lead the Japanese army to victory in the last battle of WWII.
He knew his fate on the holy island would result in his death
So he wrote letters to his family to tell them of his fate. His letters inspired the book and film “Letters from Iwo Jima”. Tadamichi is among one of the greatest Japanese generals in modern Japan history.
Tadamichi Kuribayashi was deeply honored to enter war, especially to defend his country. In Japan it was considered a major honor to go to war. He knew he was going to die yet he fought hard, and honorably to defend what he thought was right. If he had survived the final battle of WWII for Japan he would have been honored greatly and would have been honored by everyone even the Prime Minister.
His Final Battle
The Japanese army were expertly prepared for the battle on Iwo Jima .
Before the battle they dug trenches in the mountains full of anti tank weapons, and heavy machine guns. These made it near impossible to advance on the beaches. Though the Japanese were defeated less than 90 of the 110 thousand
American soldiers survived one of the worst battles of WWII. Tadamichi planned most of the shelter and trenches on Iwo Jima. This was considered one of the smartest plans. The Japanese took the American by surprise resulting in a bloodbath.
Life before the War
Before the war Tadamichi was a family man. He spent a lot of his life with his family. He spent as much time as possible with his family. He was married and had a daughter and son. Before the war he actually spent time in the U.S.A., he had journeyed across America. He had also spent time in Washington D.C. as a deputy military attaché. He had an extensive knowledge of U.S. military history and he in a way knew how the U.S. would attack. He was one of few whom had been invited to see the emperor. He was personally invited to war.
The Five Day Battle
The Final Days of Tadamichi and the Japanese on Iwo Jima
Many great Japanese souls were lost in this fierce battle for the island. The battle began on Mt. Suribachi. With the U.S. army storming the beaches the Japanese were loading there guns and preparing for there surprise attack. They would have bunkers and underground areas covered by camouflage. The American army confused about there not being any Japanese showing up, walking through the ashes after over a month of bombing, expected nothing. Unsuspecting Americans were shot dead while the beaches were bombed by anti-tank guns on Mt. Suribachis highest points. Body parts were being blown through the air as the bombardment continued. Continuing through the island seemed almost impossible. With the sea and island being bombed by the Japanese in an attempt to defeat the Americans easily they were outnumbered. The Japanese had 20,000 while the Americans were at a mass of over 90,000 soldiers. There was blood and body parts everywhere if you survived you were trapped if you were a POW you were tortured and killed in a grotesque manner. This is among the bloodiest battles ever. With the Japanese defeated hardly any of the Japanese were alive. The Japanese had lost with less than 300 alive out of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers.
The flag raisings-the end-
There were two flag raisings the first one was taken down at the request of a general. Most of the original flag raisers were killed while planting the flag. but the picture of the second flag-raising is the one used for the memorial and is also the most famous picture of WWII.

The flag raisers were
Rene Gagnon
Ira hayes
John Bradley
Franklin sousley
Harlon block
Mike strank

The only three flag raisers that made it off iwo jima were john bradley-navy corpsman
Rene Gagnon-carried the flag up mt. suribachi
Ira hayes- pima indian- probably one of the most dedicated- didn’t want to go back because most of his friends and the soldiers in his platoon were dead. He died in 1954- he was drunk and crying- he was mourning his lost friends and fellow soldiers. He deeply missed his good buddies. He died drinking his last whiskey and mumbling over is good buddies.

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