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16/03/1945 Allies secure Iwo Jima

Although the island was declared secure at 18:00, the 5th Marine Division still faced Kuribayashi's stronghold in a gorge 640 m long at the northwestern end of the island. On 21 March, the Marines destroyed the command post in the gorge with four tons of explosives and on 24 March, Marines sealed the remaining caves at the northern tip of the island. The island was officially declared secure at 09:00 on 26 March.

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