Iwo Jima Burial Site May Yield 2,000 Bodies

October 22, 2010 |  by  |  Breaking News
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Two mass graves have been uncovered on the island of Iwo Jima that could contain 2,000 or so bodies, many of them Japanese WWII soldiers.

Searchers on the island, the site of one of the bloodiest and iconic battles of WWII, found the graves in similar locations to those indicated on U.S. documents as group burial sites.

The possibility that such burial sites existed had been raised, but they had not been discovered before, according to The Japan Times.

According to reports, The team dug at two sites — one near a runway at the Self-Defense Forces’ base in the central part of the island and one at the foot of Mount Suribachi in the southern part of the island — from Oct. 6 based on information including documents at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the sources said.

There’s no word on the ability to identify the remains, however, it would appear that if it were possible there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of families who would be able to finally know what happened to their loved ones more than 50 years ago.


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