Photo #: 80-G-309163
Iwo Jima Operation, 1945
White phosphorus rounds burst ashore as destroyers prepare for an Underwater Demolition Team operation off Iwo Jima's West Beach at 4:00 PM, 17 February 1945, during the pre-invasion bombardment of the island.
Note the Fletcher class destroyer firing at right. She appears to be painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 6D.
Photographed from USS Texas (BB-35).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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Image posted 25 October 2006