Those U.S. marines destined to make World War II history at Iwo Jima learn to fight the hard way under Sergeant John Wayne, seasoned campaigner, whose tactics make it a case of hate at first sight. His particular enemies are Corporal Forrest Tucker and Private John Agar, son of a marine officer killed at Guadalcanal, who himself does not want to be a marine. Wayne proves his own courage at Tarawa, and during a brief leave in Hawaii his bitterness is revealed to have stemmed from an unhappy marriage. He is somewhat softened as the squad reaches Iwo Jima; in that desperate fighting Agar redeems himself in Wayne's eyes, and by heroic efforts the island is captured, although Wayne is killed by last-minute Jap bullet.
Here is the Glorious, Incredibly Thrilling, Human Story... of the Marine's Greatest Hour... a Sweeping, Surging, Smashing Saga of Heroism That Will Never Be Forgotten. Republic 109 mins.