Iwo Jima sculptures on Highway 178

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Today marks 73 years since the Battle of Iwo Jima began. The battle, known as one of the bloodiest fought during WWII, claimed more than 6,800 American lives and more than 21,000 Japanese lives.

The US invasion of Iwo Jima began on Feb. 19, 1945, and lasted 36 days.

Most of us are familiar with the iconic photo of American marines raising the US flag on Iwo Jima during WWII.

Today, you can see a similar sculpture on a hill at the southeast corner of Highway 178 and Comanche Drive, according to Kern County Veterans Service Director Dick Taylor. 

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