Feb. 23, 1945: The Raising of OUR Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photo that was taken in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. 5 U.S. Marines & a U.S. Navy corpsman raised OUR flag of the U.S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Of the 6 men depicted in the photo, 3 (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, & Michael Strank) were killed during the battle; the 3 survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, & Ira Hayes) became National Heroes upon their identification in the photo....
Feb 19, 1945 Americans land on Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.
1945 - US Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Div, raise the flag of the United States on Mount Iwo Jima
5th Division Flamethrowers, Iwo Jima, 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr
Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945: US Marine corpsmen come to the aid of a wounded comrade against the backdrop of a smashed up Japanese pillbox. The barrel protruding out of the pillbox is a Japanese 120mm AA gun Type 3.
Rene Gagnon - A Marine, one of the three surviving men who raised the American Flag over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII.
The first Flag Raising at Iwo Jima, Feb. 23, 1945
The US Marine Corps at Iwo Jima (1945) - "The Marines would advance when the fire was relatively light, trying to take Japanese positions before another artillery barrage." - Photo: US Marine Corps
Ira Hayes - A Marine and one of three survivors of the men who raised the American Flag over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII