Battle of Iwo Jima
February 15, 1945
The decision to invade Iwo Jima was one of the most strategic moves that the US made throughout the entire war. Having an air base that close to Japan would help them tremendously in the outcome of WW2.
Even with the lack of Japanese casualties, America hands down won the battle fairly easily. The Battle of Iwo Jima was possibly the most important battle for US troops. The ability for them to use the two airfields on the island set up their fate for the rest of the war.
Battle of Iwo Jima. (1996) History Channel. Retrieved on April 15, 2014 from http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-iwo-jima
Battle for Iwo Jima. The Navy Department Library. Retrieved on April 15, 2014 from http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/iwojima/iwojima.htm