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....

1945 - US Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Div, raise the flag of the United States on Mount Iwo Jima

1945 - US Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Div, raise the flag of the United States on Mount Iwo Jima

Jeep buried by surf in the sand of Iwo Jima Beach, 1945. Photographed by T/Sgt. H. Neil Gillespie.

Jeep buried by surf in the sand of Iwo Jima Beach, 1945. Photographed by T/Sgt. H. Neil Gillespie.

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.

Red Beach One, Iwo Jima, 1945. Photo caption: Iwo Jima February 19, 1945. In the face of withering enemy fire, Fifth Division Marines work their way up the slope from Red Beach One toward Suribachi Yama, hidden in the pal of smoke. From the Photograph Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

Red Beach One, Iwo Jima, 1945. Photo caption: Iwo Jima February 19, 1945. In the face of withering enemy fire, Fifth Division Marines work their way up the slope from Red Beach One toward Suribachi Yama, hidden in the pal of smoke. From the Photograph Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

Striking images from the battle of Iwo Jima: A soldier of the American marine infantry wounded while landing on the island of Iwo Jima in Japan is transported to an armored vehicle on March 3, 1945.

Striking images from the battle of Iwo Jima: A soldier of the American marine infantry wounded while landing on the island of Iwo Jima in Japan is transported to an armored vehicle on March 3, 1945.

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.

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.

Map of Japanese defence installations at Iwo Jima

Map of Japanese defence installations at Iwo Jima

US Marine with his war dog under fire during the Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945. -

US Marine with his war dog under fire during the Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945. -

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