The battle raged 75 years ago. Tens of thousands of Marines and other military personnel poured ashore on Iwo Jima, a tiny island in the western Pacific Ocean. During the month-long fight to dislodge entrenched Japanese troops, 50 Marine cameramen captured still images and videos across the island. Those videos are now being digitized for the first time, and made available to the public.

In an article and video narrative, curator Greg Wilsbacher from the University of South Carolina explains some of what’s included in this archive, and how it can connect regular Americans today to those who fought in faraway places decades ago.

Two Marines in the Marine Corps’ 5th Division cemetery on Iwo Jima pay their respects to a fallen comrade. United States Marine Corps Film Repository, USMC 101863 (16mm film frame)

Historic Iwo Jima footage shows individual Marines amid the larger battle

Greg Wilsbacher, University of South Carolina

Films of the battle for Iwo Jima, being digitized 75 years after they were made, offer connections and lessons for Americans of today.

A colored electron microscope image of MRSA. NIH - NIAID/flickr

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Sriram Chandrasekaran, University of Michigan

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Bighorn sheep on grassland in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Joel Berger

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Joel Berger, Colorado State University; Jon Beckmann, University of Nevada, Reno

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