CAMP COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The battle of Iwo Jima produced some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific Campaign of World War II. At the end of the battle, over 6,000 Americans and over 18,000 Japanese soldiers were dead.
William Houston was in the second wave of Marines to hit the Iwo beach, which was already littered with bodies.
The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified with 11 miles of underground tunnels.
When Houston saw it would continue for another month with further loss of life. When the island was secured, the few Marines left alive were pulled out to be regrouped for the invasion of Japan. Houston is forever thankful that President Harry Truman okayed the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan, which ended the war before an invasion was necessary.