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**CANCELLED** Iwo Jima & Okinawa: Brutal Combat on the Doorstep of Japan

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 4/2/2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Export event

There was only one thing luring American war planners to invade the tiny island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. The island of black volcanic sand was little more than a dot in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, but it was only 763 miles from Tokyo, and thus was an ideal spot to land crippled B-29s returning from the Japanese mainland on their way to Tinian Island. Iwo Jima was also a suitable staging area for the next step – Okinawa, a sliver of land only 400 miles south of Japan’s main islands. The fight on Iwo Jima and Okinawa were the bloodiest of the Pacific war. Oral historian Dr. Mark DePue’s military background and historical story telling combine for a compelling look back at the bloodiest World War II battles fought in the Pacific. 

This event is free but reservations are required. Event begins at 6:30pm.  Doors will open at 6:00pm. E-TICKET MUST BE PRESENTED FOR ENTRY (printed or on digital device). Tickets can be purchased here.  

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Union Theater
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701 (Map)

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