There is an Iwo Jima Monument in South Texas

And it was used to create the famous U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington

Most Americans know the historic significance of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the iconic image it is modeled after. Few, however, may know that the original, working model used by sculptor Dr. Felix W. de Weldon to create the monument is on display thousands of miles away in South Texas.

Weldon, who worked on the massive sculpture for almost 10 years after World War II, donated the model to the Marine Military Academy in 1981. It was transported to the Rio Grande Valley from his studio in Rhode Island, and was later dedicated on April 16, 1982, at the academy’s parade grounds located at 320 Iwo Jima Blvd in Harlingen, Texas.


Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal is a public affairs officer for VA’s office of Digital Media Engagement and member for the VAntage Point’s staff. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.