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Current Stories

  • Remembering Iwo Jima.

    Some questioned the strategic benefits of capturing the small Japanese island of Iwo Jima, but in February 1945, more than 60,000 American troops embarked on a mission that would ultimately help place the Allied forces in a position that would serve them well for the remainder of Americans'...

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  • Executive Director’s “Howgozit”

    Your IJAA staff is alive, well and busy. So what is so busy? As we prepare the upcoming Black Sands for publication, when received you will see just a few of the events we have on our plate for the next couple of years. Brad Davis, our Black Sands Publisher and his talented merry band have put...

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IJAA Symposium Update
Please note the local phone number to register for the February IJAA Symposium at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA phone number has changed. The corrected local phone number is: (703) 521-1900. The (888) 627 8210 may still be used. Please advise the hotel you are registering for the Iwo Jima Association Symposium in February to ensure you get the $129 rate. Also please note the cut-off date for this rate is 1/12/2018. The corrected registration forms are available here.

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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Fair Winds and Following Seas

  • Passing of Iwo Vet - John Huffines

    DALLAS - John Franklin Huffhines passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, 2016 in Weatherford, TX, where he had lived since December 2015. MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 2:00PM at Spring Valley United Methodist Church located at 7700 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas. MEMORIAL: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for wounded Marines to Semper Fi Fund 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609 Oceanside, CA 92057 John was born March 7,...

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  • Passing of Iwo Vet - Chuck Vaughn

      Phil Angelo815-937-3382Dec 22, 2016 Charles "Chuck" Vaughn, of Kankakee, Illinois, never got to see the famous flag-raising on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.He was too busy trying to stay alive.Later a successful auctioneer and business owner, he was wounded twice during the battle of Iwo Jima while serving with the 5th Marine Division. The brutal battle required three Marine divisions to subdue the Japanese-held island, which was considered vital because of its airfield. Vaughn went ashore Feb....

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On January 15, 2018, Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT), right, presented Mr. Gene Bell, left, with the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation for his service during World War II.

During the war, Mr. Bell served in the operation to liberate Guam and fought on Iwo Jima. Since then, he has been an active member of both the Iwo Jima Survivors Association and the Iwo Jima Association of America, regularly returning to the island and speaking about his experiences during the war.

The Iwo Jima Association of America extends our best wishes and congratulations to Gene—Semper Fidelis! 

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