Twentynine Palms, California: Iwo Jima in the Desert

A black, plywood cutout of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima, part of a home-built patriotic tribute just off a desert highway.

Address:
Hwy 62, Twentynine Palms, CA
Directions:
On the north side of Hwy 62, about 17 miles east of downtown Twentynine Palms, or 35 miles west of the intersection of Hwys 62 and 177. On the opposite (south) side of the road is a cell phone town and what appears to be an abandoned gas station.
Admission:
Free
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Raising the flag on Iwo Jimi.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

A plywood cutout depicts the raising of the flag by five U.S. Marines and one Navy corpsman atop Mt. Suribachi during WW II on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

[Joe Boulter, 04/20/2013]

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is just north of Twentynine Palms, which may explain the presence of this Pacific Island icon in the middle of a desert.


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