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The Battle of Iwo Jima

The sixtieth anniversary of the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi.

Sixty years ago, this month and next, the battle was raging on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

Sixty years ago today, the American flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi, long before the island came under American control. The second flag-raising was immortalized in the famous photograph by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. (The first flag was smaller than the second.) Here and here are a lot of photos from Iwo Jima.

Carrying the (First) Flag Up Mt. Suribachi / Sgt. Lou Lowery
Carrying the (First) Flag Up Mt. Suribachi / Sgt. Lou Lowery

First Flag Coming Down, Second Flag Going Up / Bob Campbell
First Flag Coming Down, Second Flag Going Up / Bob Campbell

Raising the (Second) Flag on Mt. Suribachi / Joe Rosenthal
Raising the (Second) Flag on Mt. Suribachi / Joe Rosenthal

Joe Rosenthal Snapping a Posed Picture
Joe Rosenthal Snapping a Posed Picture

Here are the names of the Flag Raisers:

There are six Flag Raisers on the [Rosenthal] photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

P.S. See JunkYardBlog for Bryan Preston's recent look at the island.

[Follow-up: Joe Rosenthal, RIP.]

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Wed. 02/23/05 06:47:01 AM
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