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These Mannes have just morning hours. The alert Marines repulsed all at- thrown a grenade andare standing by u'ith rifles and BARs at the ready. captured for posterity by the lens of civilian photographer Joe Rosenthal. '4 The regiment staved in reserve until 26 February, tempts. On Friday, 23 February, the 25th Marines, less the 2d Battalion, was relieved by the 24th Marines and placed in division reserve. There had been no let up in the mauling received by the 25th Marines, which by then had lost all three battalion commanders who had made the initial landing.

The weather grew colder as the night progressed and the Marines, fresh from the tropics, shivered in their foxholes. At about 0400 an enemy shell hit the 25th Marines' ammunition dump, causing a tremendous explosion. Three hours later, another sheil landed squarely in the 2d Battalion command post. Lieutenant Colonel Hud- fires. The 25th Marines, with the 23d Marines on its left, surged forward at 0830 with three battalions abreast. On the left of the regimental line was the ist Battalion: the 2d Battalion in the center, was now commanded by Lieutenant Colonel james Taul.

Seemed to swallow the field shoes of the Marines as they left the amtracs for the greater uncertainty of two companies was ordered to make the relief. '° At 1700, all units were ordered to stop their ad- the beach. It was planned that the amtracs would 'Blue Beach 2 was not used for landing because of its proximity to the high ground on the right, which was to be neutralized by supporting fires. carry the assault troops further inland, but the steep terrace of volcanic ash running the length of the 32 USMCPh0w 109817 A short distance inland, Marines struggle to increase their hold on Iwo Jima as their tanks move north.

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