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Bodies, mass graves found on Iwo Jima

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Bodies, mass graves found on Iwo Jima

Two mass graves that may hold the remains of up to 2,000 Japanese soldiers have been discovered on the island of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest and most iconic battlesites of World War II, Japan's Kyodo news agency said Friday. The areas were listed as enemy cemeteries by the U.S. military after the war. Officials at Japan's health ministry said they recovered 51 bodies, but they could not confirm the potential size of the mass graves. The Feb. 19, 1945, battle claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives. Dozens of remains are recovered every year, but about 12,000 Japanese are still classified as missing in action and presumed killed on the island, along with 218 Americans. Iwo Jima became a rallying point for the United States in the Pacific war after the U.S. flag was raised on the island's highest ground, Mount Suribachi.

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Bodies, mass graves found on Iwo Jima 10/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:05am]

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