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Vandals deface Quantico's Iwo Jima Monument

Dec. 10, 2012 - 05:03PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 - 05:03PM  |  
Vandals defaced the Iwo Jima Monument outside the main gate at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., last week. Marine officials removed a four-inch line of pink spray paint from around the base of the iconic statue on Friday.
Vandals defaced the Iwo Jima Monument outside the main gate at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., last week. Marine officials removed a four-inch line of pink spray paint from around the base of the iconic statue on Friday. (Sgt. Christopher Zahn)
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Police are looking for vandals who defaced the Iwo Jima Monument just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., last week.

Officials at Quantico had to remove a 4-inch line of bright pink paint that vandals sprayed halfway around the base of the iconic statue last Tuesday around midnight, according to a Marine Corps spokesman. Military police immediately alerted Prince William County police and canvassed the area, but they were unable to find the culprits.

Base officials consulted with monument specialists in Washington to find the best way to remove the paint from the statue, which depicts the historic flag-raising on Mount Suribachi during the famous World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, without damaging the stone, according to public affairs. The paint was removed by Friday night.

The incident is still under investigation.

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