The Navy Department Library
Battle of Iwo Jima: A Select Bibliography
Albee, Parker B. Shadow of Suribachi: Raising the Flags on Iwo Jima. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1995.
Alexander, Joseph H. Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima. Washington, DC: History & Museums Division, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, 1994. [A booklet in the Marines in World War II Commemorative Series.].
Astori, Gerald. The Greatest War: Americans in Combat, 1941-1945. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1999. [See pages 835-844 and 848.].
Aurthur, Robert A., and Kenneth Cohlmia. The Third Marine Division. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1948. [See Part 4, “Iwo Jima,” on pages 222-322.].
Ball, Donald L. Fighting Amphibs: The LCS(L) in World War II. Williamsburg, VA: Mill Neck Publications, 1997. [See Chapter 8, “‘Well Done, Little Guys!’ – LCSs at Iwo Jima,” on pages 119-147.].
Bartley, Whitman S. Iwo Jima: Amphibious Epic. Washington, DC: Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, 1954.
Bingham, Kenneth E. Black Hell: The Story of the 133rd Navy Seabees at Iwo Jima, February 19, 1945-November 9, 1945. S.I.: CreateSpace, 2011.
Blair, Clay, Jr. Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan. New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1975. [See Index on page 1032 for “Iwo Jima.”].
Bradley, James, with Ron Powers. Flags of Our Fathers. New York: Bantam Books, 2000.
Buell, Hal. Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue: Iwo Jima and the Photograph that Captured America. New York: Berkley Pub. Group/Penguin Group, 2006.
Building the Navy’s Bases in World War II: History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps, 1940-1946. Vol. 2. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1947. [See the Index on page 464 for “Iwo Jima.” In particular see pages 370-373.].
Camp, Richard D. Iwo Jima Recon: The U.S. Navy at War, February 17, 1945. St. Paul, MN: Zenith Press, 2007.
Caruso, Patrick F. Nightmare on Iwo. Annapolis, MD: US Naval Institute Press, 2001.
Chapelle, Dickey. What’s a Woman Doing Here? New York: William Morrow, 1945.
Coletta, Paolo E. United States Navy and Marine Corps Bases, Overseas. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. [See “Iwo Jima, U.S. Advance Air Base, 1945-1946,” on pages 172-173.].
Conner, Howard M. The Spearhead: the Fifth Marine Division in World War II. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1950. [See pages 21-124.].
Costello, John. The Pacific War. New York: Rawson, Wade Publishers, 1981. [For the invasion of Iwo Jima, see pages 539-547.].
Craven, Wesley Frank, James Lea Cate, Wilfred J. Paul and Albert F. Simpson. The Pacific: Matterhorn to Nagasaki, June 1944 to August 1945. Vol. 5 of The Army Air Forces in World War II. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1953. [See Chapter 9, “Iwo Jima,” on pages 577-607.].
Curtis, Brian. Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and The Boys Who Went to War. New York: Flatiron Books, 2016.
DeWitt, Gill. The First Navy Flight Nurse on a Pacific Battlefield: A Picture Story of the Flight to Iwo Jima. Fredericksburg, TX: Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 1983.
Dickenson, James R. We Few: The Marine Corps 400 in the War Against Japan. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001. [See chapters 7-8, on pages 94-130.].
Dunnigan, James F., and Albert A. Nofi. The Pacific War Encyclopedia: Volume I, A-L. New York: Facts on File, 1998. [See “Iwo Jima, Battle of,” on pages 292-297.].
Dyer, George Carroll. The Amphibians Came to Conquer: The Story of Admiral Richard Kelly Turner. Vol. 2. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1972. [See Chapter 23, “Iwo Jima: Death at Its Best,” on pages 969-1051.].
Eldridge, Robert D. Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands in U.S.-Japan Relations: American Strategy, Japanese Territory, and the Islanders In-Between. Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Press, 2014.
Frank, Benis M. A Brief History of the 3d Marines. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: US Marine Corps, 1968.
Gallant, T. Grady. The Friendly Dead. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964.
Garand, George, and Truman R. Strobridge. Western Pacific Operations: History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II. Vol. 4. Washington, DC: Historical Branch, US Marine Corps, 1971. [See Part 6, “Iwo Jima,” on pages 443-738.].
Goss,S. Richard. Do Not Thou Forget Me: A Personal Memoir of the Pacific War. Portage, MI: Todd-Perkins Press, 2002.
Hallas, James H. Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima: The Story of the Medal of Honor Recipients in the Marine Corps’ Bloodiest Battle of World War II. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2016.
Hammel, Eric M. Pacific Warriors: The U.S. Marines in World War II: A Pictorial Tribute. Grand Rapids, MI: Zenith, 2005.
Harris, Brayton. Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theatre. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Hayaski, Saburo. Kogun: the Japanese Army in the Pacific War. 1st ed. Quantico, VA: Marine Corps Association, 1959. [See Chapter 17, “Loss of Iwo Jima and Okinawa,” pages 137-144.].
Heinl, Robert D. Soldiers of the Sea: The United States Marine Corps, 1774-1962. Baltimore, MD: Nautical and Aviation Publishing, 1991. [See “Iwo Jima,” pages 478-492.].
____. “Target Iwo.” United States Naval Institute Proceedings 89, no. 7 (July 1963): 70-82.
Heinrichs, Waldo H. Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Henri, Raymond. Iwo Jima: Springboard to Final Victory. New York: US Camera Publishing Corp., 1945.
Henri, Raymond, et al. The U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima. New York: Dial Press, 1945.
History of the Medical Department of the United States Navy in World War II. vol. 2. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1953 [See pages 89-104].
Horie, Yoshitaka. Fighting Spirit: The Memoirs of Major Yoshitaka Horie and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011.
Huie, William B. From Omaha to Okinawa: The Story of the Seabees. New York: Dutton, 1945. [See Chapter 2, “Iwo Jima,” pages 27-68. A list of killed and wounded Seabees at Iwo Jima is on pages 63-68.].
Iseley, Jeter A., and Philip A. Crowl. The U.S. Marines and Amphibious War: Its Theory and Its Practice in the Pacific. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951. [See Chapter 10, “The Supreme Test, Iwo Jima,” pages 432-530.].
Josephy, Alvin M. The Long and the Short and the Tall: The Story of a Marine Combat Unit in the Pacific. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. [See chapters 9-11, pages 153-198.].
Kakehashi, Kumiko. So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War. New York: Presidio Press/Ballantine Books, 2007.
Karig, Walter, Russell L. Harris, and Frank A. Manson. Battle Report: Victory in the Pacific. Vol. 5. New York: Rinehart, 1949. [See pages 279-318.].
Kessler, Lynn. Never in Doubt: Remembering Iwo Jima. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999.
King, Dan. A Tomb Called Iwo Jima: Firsthand Accounts from Japanese Survivors. Rockwall, TX: Dan King, 2015.
King, Ernest J. U.S. Navy at War, 1941-1945: Official Reports to the Secretary of the Navy by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, U.S. Navy. Washington, DC: United States Navy Department, 1946. [See pages 129-132 and 173-175.].
Love, Robert W., Jr. History of the U.S. Navy, 1942-1991. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1992. [See pages 217 and 256-257.].
Manchester, William. Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1979. [See pages 335-347.].
Marling, Karal Ann, and John Wetenhall. Iwo Jima: Monuments, Memories, and the American Hero. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Marston, Daniel, ed. The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. New York: Osprey, 2005. [See Index on page 267 for scattered references to Iwo Jima.].
Millett, Allan R. Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps. New York: Free Press, 1991. [See Index on page 817 for multiple references to Iwo Jima.].
Monsarrat, John. Angel on the Yardarm: The Beginnings of Fleet Radar Defense and the Kamikaze Threat. Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 1985. [See pages 86-87, 91, 144 and 146 for mention of Iwo Jima.].
Morehouse, Clifford P. The Iwo Jima Operation. Washington, DC: Historical Division, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, 1946.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1963. [See Chapter 16, “Iwo Jima and Okinawa, February-August 1945,” on pages 513-524.].
____. Victory in the Pacific, 1945 – History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II, Vol. 14. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960. [See pages 3-75 for a narrative. On page 389 a list indicates which US Navy ships were sunk or badly damaged by enemy forces at Iwo Jima. The number of killed and wounded on each ship is also provided.].
Moskin, J. Robert. The U.S. Marine Corps Story. 2d ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987. [See Index on pages 358-359 for “Iwo Jima,” and “Suribachi, Mount.”].
Nalty, Bernard C., and Danny J. Crawford. The United States Marines on Iwo Jima: the Battle and the Flag Raising. Washington, DC: History & Museums Division, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, 1995.
Newcomb, Richard F. Iwo Jima. New York: Holt, Rinehard, and Winston, 1965.
O’Sheel, Patrick, and Gene Cook. Semper Fidelis: The U.S. Marines in the Pacific, 1942-1945. New York: William Sloane Associates, 1947.
Packard, Wyman H. A Century of U.S. Naval Intelligence. Washington, DC: Office of Naval Intelligence and the Naval Historical Center, 1996. [See pages 121 and 402. According to page 121, the submarine USS Spearfish (SS-190) conducted a photo reconnaissance mission of Iwo Jima in November 1944.].
Patrick, John M. “Iwo Jima – Sulphur Island.” United States Naval Institute Proceedings 76, no. 9 (September 1950): 1028-1029. [The author suggests that Karig’s Battle Report: Victory in the Pacific, Vol. 5, incorrectly attributes Commodore Perry as having given Iwo Jima the name Sulphur Island. Instead, Patrick suggests that the island received the name during Captain Cook’s third voyage in 1779.].
Roscoe, Theodore. United States Destroyer Operations in World War II. Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute, 1953. [See pages 462-466.].
Ross, Bill D. Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor. New York: Vanguard Press, 1985.
Rottman, Gordon L. World War II Pacific Island Guide: A Geo-Political Study. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. [See pages 418-426.].
Sherrod, Robert. On to Westward: War in the Central Pacific. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1945. [See chapters 9-13, pages 151-226.].
____.Iōjima. Tokyo: Kōbunsha, Shōwa 26, 1951.
Shively, John C. The Last Lieutenant: A Foxhole View of the Epic Battle for Iwo Jima. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006.
Simmons, Edwin H. The United States Marines. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003. [See pages 171-175, 217, and 331.].
Smith, Holland M., and Percy Finch. Coral and Brass. New York: Scribner, 1949. [See Chapter 13, pages 253-276.].
Smith, Larry. The Few and The Proud: From the Sands of Iwo Jima to the Deserts of Iraq: Marine Corps Drill Instructors in their Own Words. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006
Smith, Rex Allen, and Gerald A. Meehl. Pacific Legacy: Images and Memory From World War II in the Pacific. New York: Abbeville Press, 2002. [See Chapter 5, “Uncommon Valor, A Common Virtue: Securing Iwo Jima,” on pages 217-239.].
Smith, Robert Leslie. Gone to the South Pacific: An Account of Life in the Amphibious Navy of WW II as Seen Through the Eyes of a Ninety-Day Wonder. Stockton, AL: Stockton Civil Club, 2008.
Smith, S. E., ed. The United States Marine Corps in World War II. New York: Random House, 1969.
Spector, Ronald H. Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan. New York: Macmillan, 1985. [See pages 494-503.].
Thomey, Tedd. Immortal Images: A Personal History of Two Photographers and the Flag-Raising on Iwo Jima. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute, 2008.
Tucker, Kelsey. Calvin Hairl Johnson, Painted Memoir: A Biography of a Navy Corpsman on Iwo Jima. Self-published, 2010.
Tucker, Spencer C. Encyclopedia of World War II: a Political, Social, and Military History. Vol. 2 Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2005. [See “Iwo Jima, Battle for (19 February - 26 March 1945),” on pages 766-768.].
United Kingdom. Ministry of Defense (Navy). The Advance to Japan. Vol. 6 of War With Japan. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1995. [See Chapter 13, “Assault and Capture of Iwo Jima,” on pages 150-165.].
United States Army. Far East Command. The Central Pacific Area Operation Record. Vol. 1. (Tokyo): The Command. (Distributed by the Dept of the Army, Office of the Chief of Military History, Washington, DC), 1946. [Also known as Japanese Monograph, no. 48.].
United States Department of the Interior. Office of Indian Affairs. Indians in the War. Chicago, IL: The Department, 1945. [See pages 28-29.].
Vedder, James S. Combat Surgeon: Up Front with the 27th Marines. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1998. [Originally published as Surgeon on Iwo.].
Warner, Denis, and Peggy Warner. The Sacred Warriors: Japan’s Suicide Legions. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982. [See pages 171-174 for kamikaze attacks at Iwo Jima.].
Weiss, Mitch. The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima. New York: Berkley Caliber, 2016.
Wheeler, Richard. The Bloody Battle for Suribachi. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.
____. Iwo. New York, Lippincott & Crowell, 1980.
Williams, William Alton. The Pacific, the Other War. Austin, TX: Morgan Printing, 2006.
Willoughby, Malcolm F. The U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute, 1957. [See Index on page 341 for “Iwo Jima” and “Iwo Jima Loran Station.”].
Winters, Harold A. Battling the Elements: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1998.
Wright, Derrick. Iwo Jima 1945: The Marines Raise the Flag on Mount Suribachi. Oxford, United Kingdom: Osprey Publishing, 2001.