Flag raised on Iwo Jima

This isn’t the most famous photo, as you well know. It is said to be the FIRST, and the info from the official U.S. Navy Facebook page is offered below the picture.

The First Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945. Marines of the 28th Regiment, Fifth Marine Division, hoist the U.S. flag on a piece of pipe, at about 1020 Hrs. after capturing the summit of Mount Suribachi. Holding the flagpole are Sergeant H.O. Hansen, Platoon Sergeant E.I. Thomas, and First Lieutenant H.G. Schrier. In the foreground Private First Class J.R. Michaels stands guard with an M-1 Carbine. Corporal C.W. Lindberg is behind him. (details from Morison: Vol. XIV, frontispiece and page 61). Taken by Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery, USMC, staff photographer for “Leatherneck” magazine, NH 104150.

THIS is a picture of the War Memorial (based on that most famous photograph) erected at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, and I am thrilled that I got to see it. The sculpture and the setting are simply breath-taking. I learned later it is MUCH smaller than the original sculpture in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read the story of the Battle of Iwo Island, as told on the web site for the United States Marine Corps History Division.

Ooh Rah! And may God continue to bless the United States Marines!

I found a photo much like the one I took of Duffy in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial in D.C. You can see the size difference clearly. I never realized the one in D.C. was that massive till I saw it in person.


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