Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) visited the Pacific island of Iwo Jima during a  Congressional delegation trip last week.  The U.S. Marine invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945 led to one of World War II’s most important battles.

 “I was deeply moved by our visit to Iwo Jima and the Mount Suribachi Memorial, where our delegation placed a wreath to pay tribute to those who fought and died during the battle.  In the words of Admiral Chester Nimitz, ‘Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.’

 “We were also fortunate to tour the battlefield guided by a U.S. Naval Officer and a Japanese Naval Officer.  After seeing the invasion beaches and the tunnels of Iwo Jima, I am even more in awe of the sacrifices and the achievements of the U.S. Marine Corps,” said Skelton.