Past Events

Iwo Jima Presentation by Jeffrey Williams

On February 19th at 6:30 at the Afton Historical Museum historian Jeffrey Williams presented the story of U.S. Marines who fought at Iwo Jima in February-March 1945. The 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, approximately 70,000 in number, fought against 22,000 Japanese defenders on the island. The Battle of Iwo Jima is known for its sacrifice as this is the only battle where U.S. losses were greater than the Japanese. Historian Jeffrey Williams presents the narrative of individual Marines who fought at this crucial battle.

Jeffrey S. Williams is a member of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force and author of Muskets and Memories: A Modern Man's Journey through the Civil War. He holds a B.A. in History from Concordia University-St. Paul and is finishing his M.A. in History from St. Cloud State University. Williams served in the U.S. Air Force including a tour of duty in Iraq from 2003-2004.