from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The largest of the Volcano Islands of Japan in the northwest Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan. The island was the scene of severe fighting during World War II.
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- proper n. A volcanic island in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands chain, officially called Iōtō in Japanese.
- proper n. A volcanic island located in the Satsunan Shoto, an island group south of Kyushu, also known as Satsuma Iojima.
- proper n. A decisive battle during World War II.
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- n. the largest of the Volcano Islands of Japan
- n. a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders (February and March 1945)
He was the last who’d shared time on earth with Earl Swagger, of Blue Eye, Arkansas, the son of Sheriff Charles Swagger, Earl who’d gone off to war with the Marines and won the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima and come home for ten good years as a state trooper in the Arkansas Highway Patrol before he was taken from the world for nothing, really, nothing that counted.
Mr. Yano has spent the summer researching Marine records as part of a research project regarding the campaign on Iwo Jima February–March 1945.