Saturday, March 3, 2012

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi[1] during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

A diagram of the photo indicating the six men who raised the flag: Ira HayesFranklin Sousley (†), Michael Strank (†), John BradleyRene Gagnon and Harlon Block (†).
(†) = Killed on Iwo Jima

US postage stamp, 1945 issue, commemorating the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The flags from the first and second flag raisings are conserved in the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The second flag, pictured here, was damaged by the high winds at the peak of Suribachi. Like allAmerican flags during World War II, it has 48 stars, since Alaska and Hawaii were not yetU.S. states.