Size & Weight Specifications

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Sculpture will be a 40% representation of the original bronze Felix De Weldon original at Arlington Cemetery.  The original Monument will be electronically scanned by the Bronze Craft Foundry to provide the sculptor, Robert Bricker, the capability to produce to scale an exact reproduction.

Modifications to the face of Bradley changed to Schultz and Gagnon to Harold “Pie” Keller recently identified by HQ USMC will be sculpted by Bricker using photographs of the Marines.

Figure Size

Size of the figures from sole of boot to fingertip will be 13 feet. Total height of the flagpole from top of base is 26 ft. The base will be approximately 18 ft. wide x 26 ft. long x 8 ft. tall. Each Marine will be just over 2X life-size or 13-feet tall. Each Marine will be cast in 11 pieces, then seamlessly welded together. Total six Marine figures x 11 pieces = 66 cast pieces total.

Statue Structure-Weight

The internal structure of the statue within the bronze figures will be stainless steel substructure underneath the figures that stabilize them into the base. The combined weight of the bronze and steel is 20,000 lbs or 10 tons.

Base & Panels Size-Weight

The Memorial will sit on an Octagon base which measures 26-feet by 18-feet x 8-feet in height. Total base weight with gravel fill and including the side exterior Granite Panels (33.264 lbs) is 555,623 lbs. or 278 tons. Combined weight of Statue and Base makes the Monument 288 tons total weight.

Assembly-Shipping

The original Monument statue casted 108 pieces that were welded together on site. Reduced size of the IJMM provides the capability to construct the Monument at the Foundry as one statue unit. The statue will then be shipped cross country on one flatbed to the Park location, where the Base will already be constructed, for installation.

Base Production/Construction

The Base specifications and detailed architectural drawings will be provided by Bronze Craft Foundry as a “guide” for production quotes from local contractors.  IJMM shall seek Racine County Contractors willing to provide turn-key base development and guarantees. Selection priority will be based on capability combined with Companies willing to provide a portion of the production as an in-kind donation.

Granite Panel Production

Granite Panels will be constructed in Wisconsin and then installed on the exterior of the base once it is completed. Gilding of the lettering on the panels will be completed on site or at the Granite manufacturer’s location in Madison, WI.

Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc.

Press Release

July 27, 2020 ----Racine, WI

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project has temporarily put the promotion of the Memorial Statue fundraising on hold until this coming Fall. The Project will still be located at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI. with some modifications.                                                                      

The Project was launched on the 23rd of February, the 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising. “Within the next ten days the Covid pandemic hit. We realized that people would be suffering loss of income, jobs and businesses. Everyone’s priorities have shifted. Potential Corporate sponsors advised us that donation commitments would be delayed.” said John Capriotti, Project Director.

The Project will re-launch in late October, 2020 with a new unique fundraising offer. “Donors can opt to receive a free gift-with-donation. Based on the amount donated, they can receive free IJMM embroidered Jackets, Polo's, Sweatshirts, Collector Posters, Mugs, T-Shirts and other unique items being added soon.”  said Capriotti. Special Corporate Donation packages and Commemorative Bricks will be available.

IJMM is revising the size, design and expense of the Iwo Jima/WW2 Monument and devising phases to add additional smaller monuments for Korea/Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. Instead of a single statue, each monument will be comprised of a combination of bronze statues and large Laser-Etched granite panels featuring renowned Combat Artist‘s work of the various conflicts. Designs are in process for the first phase Iwo Jima/WW2 combined memorial.

The objective of providing a memorable, attractive and educational monument will still be reached by the collective group of three  Memorials creating a “Veterans Walk” at Pritchard Park. Each will be built through separate fundraising efforts, one after another.

“During our revision stage the IJMM team is urging potential donors to shift contributions to Veteran aide and support groups actively responding to the needs and services of veterans’ and their families during this pandemic; Notable organizations are the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, and the Veterans Center-Legacy Museum in Racine” said Nicholas Fasulo a Project Official.

Extending the program to include other Memorials, over time, signifies Racine County resident’s commitment to preserve and honor all their Military Veterans.  Many of whom paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms.