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Few know that 30,000 Americans died at Iwo Jima, making this iconic photograph one of the most staggering exampled of human suffering and sacrifice.

Viral Photos Change the Sacred to the Profane

Few know that 30,000 Americans died at Iwo Jima, making this iconic photograph one of the most staggering exampled of human suffering and sacrifice.

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Marines burrow in the volcanic sand on the beach of Iwo Jima. This Day in WWII History: Feb 19, 1945: Marines invade Iwo Jima

Marines burrow in the volcanic sand on the beach of Iwo Jima. This Day in WWII History: Feb 19, 1945: Marines invade 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 all American flags during World War II, it has 48 stars, since Alaska and Hawaii were not yet U.S. states.

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 all American flags during World War II, it has 48 stars, since Alaska and Hawaii were not yet U.S. states.

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. 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....

Battle of Iwo Jima - Wikipedia. USS New York firing her 359 mm main guns at the Island Feb.1945

Battle of Iwo Jima - Wikipedia. USS New York firing her 359 mm main guns at the Island Feb.1945

Battle Iwo Jima Flag Raising  —  A shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945. The photo by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulizter Prize.

Battle Iwo Jima Flag Raising — A shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945. The photo by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulizter Prize.

The Iwo Jima Memorial, also known as the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, honors the Marines who have died defending the United States since 1775. Description from hamptoninndumfriesquantico.blogspot.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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The Iwo Jima Memorial, also known as the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, honors the Marines who have died defending the United States since 1775. Description from hamptoninndumfriesquantico.blogspot.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

MILITARY HEROES...they keep our freedom for us. I salute you on our country's Independence Day.

MILITARY HEROES...they keep our freedom for us. I salute you on our country's Independence Day.

Iwo Jima - While stationed in Japan, I coordinated with the SECDEF's office to conduct a multi-re-enlistment ceremony for Sailors and Marines on top of Mt. Suribachi.  Wonderful experience!

Iwo Jima - While stationed in Japan, I coordinated with the SECDEF's office to conduct a multi-re-enlistment ceremony for Sailors and Marines on top of Mt. Suribachi. Wonderful experience!

Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949) John Wayne Soij 004p Stock Photo, Royalty Free Image: 29190842 - Alamy

Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949) John Wayne Soij 004p Stock Photo, Royalty Free Image: 29190842 - Alamy