Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 war film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
The 20th Century gave us the ability to capture events on film and to visually tell stories, both real (documentaries) and fictional. WWII was the biggest drama of that century and produced a wealth of films.
Every picture tells a story and every page has a theme. This page is focused on the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific War.
With the Marines at Tarawa is a 1944 short war documentary film directed by Louis Hayward. It used authentic footage taken at the Battle of Tarawa to tell the story of the American servicemen from the time they get the news that they are to participate in the invasion to the final taking of the island and raising of the Stars and Stripes.
The film is in full color and uses no actors, making it a valuable historical document. The documentary showed more gruesome scenes of battle than other war films to date.
Iwo Jima: sixty years  after the most heroic battle in American history. R. Lee Emery takes his “Roll Call” TV series on a special visit to this Japanese island with a contingent of WWII vets. The trip was conducted by Military Historical Tours.
This is one of the best Roll Calls that Gunny ever did. You visit the locations and then see them as filmed during the invasion. Gunny explains the history as he stands on the beaches or on top of Mt. Suribachi. Then you meet the vets who went on this trip and hear their stories. Two brothers remember a grandfather who died on Iwo Jima and was buried at sea, a granddad that they had never met. It is very moving.