Pacific & Iwo Battlefields
The Pacific Campaign of World War II commenced on December 7th 1941 and would continue through the defeat of Japanese Empire in 1945. MHT will try to get you there from where it started in Hawaii, through the bloody island hopping campaigns with iconic names like Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Saipan, Tarawa, Guam & Okinawa. Don’t forget the “forgotten war” in Korea, the Imperial Jewels of China.
MHT is also proud to partner with the Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) to bring Iwo Jima Veterans, family members, historians and educators and those who need to walk the “Black Sands” of the most iconic battle of the Pacific War to Guam. The IJAA incoordination with the Japanese Government, the Iwo Jima Association of Japan and military commands from both countries will conduct a joint “Reunion of Honor” ceremony on Iwo Jima.
The Iwo Jima Commemorations are on Saturdays as the Joint Ceremony with the Japanese are conducted at the Memorial above Red Beach. Visits to Mt. Suribachi and the Landing Beaches to walk the "Black Sands" are always scheduled. The Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) in cooperation with United Airlines will have chartered jets for the day long visit to walk the battlefields of this fateful clash during the Pacific War. Guam will again be the base of operations for the IJAA Battle Symposium and Anniversary Banquet.
Early in the morning we will depart Guam for a day-long Memorial Tour and Observance on Iwo Jima. Upon arrival, you will be met by the official U.S. and Japanese Government delegation consisting of representatives from the Armed Services. (We will land on the site of Motoyama airfield #2.) After visiting Mt. Suribachi and the scene of the famed flag raising captured by Joe Rosenthal on 23 Feb 1945. Afterwards, Veterans and their families will gather near the landing beaches to conduct Memorial Services at the Anniversary Monument. These services, conducted by Dignitaries and Veterans of the United States and Japan, will remember and memorialize those young men who gave their lives during the savage campaign for the island. Following a box lunch, we will continue touring the island to include the landing beaches. Late in the day we will return to the airfield where this historic day began, to gather one last time in friendship and camaraderie on the sacred soil of Iwo Jima.
Register today to reserve your seat to walk the “Black Sands!”
* - Thank you to Michael Brown for the moving slideshow