Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949, with John Agar. On the set with Shirley Temple

Duke and John Agar on the set of Sands Iwo Jima, 1949

Duke and John Agar on the set of Sands Iwo Jima, 1949

Duke with Chata at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre premiere of Sands of Iwo Jima, 14 December 1949

Duke with Chata at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre premiere of Sands of Iwo Jima, 14 December 1949

Duke at the premiere of Sands of Iwo Jima, held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, on 14 December 1949. Major General Graves B. Erskine is 5th from right, close to Adele Mara

Duke at the premiere of Sands of Iwo Jima, held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, on 14 December 1949. Major General Graves B. Erskine is 5th from right, close to Adele Mara

'Wayne is especially honest and convincing, for he manages to dominate a screenplay which is crowded with exciting battle scenes.' The New York Times

'Wayne is especially honest and convincing, for he manages to dominate a screenplay which is crowded with exciting battle scenes.' The New York Times

With John Agar in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

With John Agar in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

Fighting with Forrest Tucker in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

Fighting with Forrest Tucker in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

Actual combat footage  in Iwo Jima were used in the film.  A number of military personnel also appeared in it.
Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

Actual combat footage  in Iwo Jima were used in the film.  A number of military personnel also appeared in it.

Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

'John Wayne may be everybody's idea of a good actor. He was immense in Iwo Jima' columnist Walter Winchell

'John Wayne may be everybody's idea of a good actor. He was immense in Iwo Jima' columnist Walter Winchell

'Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid'. Duke as Sgt. Striker in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

'Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid'. Duke as Sgt. Striker in Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949

'You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast. And any man that doesn't want to cooperate, I'll make him wish he had never been born.' Duke as Sgt Stryker, Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949 

'You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast. And any man that doesn't want to cooperate, I'll make him wish he had never been born.' Duke as Sgt Stryker, Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949