Iwo Jima Monument & Memorial Museum - Harlingen, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 26° 13.351 W 097° 40.113
14R E 633003 N 2901009
Quick Description: You might read somewhere that Harlingen has the ‘original’ Iwo Jima statue. What that means is that the gypsum mold for the statue is here - along with a very interesting museum devoted to the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 8:00:42 PM
Waymark Code: WM3EH2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 78

Long Description:

The owners of the Marine Military Academy purchased the original mold for the Iwo Jima Statue and moved it to Harlingen, where they regularly paint it to look like bronze. But it’s sand and you can tell if you look close. Taken out of the context of Washington, DC, without the Washington Monument and US Capitol in the background, the statue loses some of its poignancy. But it’s still a beautiful sight to see. At the foot of the statue lies the grave of a local Marine who was in the original photograph on which the statue was based. He was killed in action on Iwo Jima.

Don’t overlook the museum on the other side of the parking area. The small building is crammed with a mish-mash of stuff about the Marines, along with many things specific to Iwo Jima - aerial photos of the island, a relief of the island - you might be surprised at how small the island was, and how jammed full of Japanese fortifications. There’s a 32 minute film on the battle. It’s very interesting, and doesn’t start to go all nationalistic until the end.

The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]

The attraction’s own URL: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday, 1pm-4pm

Admission Prices:
Free (donations accepted).

Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle Only

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