Once Upon a Time in War — The men who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima.
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. 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....
One of the most popular news images of all time – US Marines from the 28th Regiment 5th Div, raise the flag of the United States on Mount Iwo Jima, 1945. This was following the famous Battle of Iwo Jima which has been written and spoken about more than most other battles of WW2. Following this, the United States occupied the island of Iwo Jima until 1968!
5th Division Flamethrowers, Iwo Jima, 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr
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
On Iwo Jima, a U.S. Marine aims his M1 Garand rifle at the enemy with an uncertain grip. His helmet cover identifies him as "Martin 1". Note the cases of Japanese ammo used by him for his perch. (1945)