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What did the U.S. gain with the island even before the victory was complete?

Before the U.S had gained control of the island of Iwo Jima and defeated the Japanese, what had the U.S. gained?

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On February 20, 1945, the 28th Marines secured the south end of Iwo Jima and moved onto take the summit of Suribachi. By the end of the day, the Marines controlled 1/3 of Iwo Jima and the Motoyama Airfield No. 1.