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....
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 Battle of Iwo Jima was a battle in which the United States fought for and captured Iwo Jima from Japan.The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 kilometres (11 mi) of underground tunnels.The battle was the first American attack on the Japanese Home Islands. It was immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 meter (546 ft) Mount Suribachi by five Marines and one Navy…
Iwo Jima flag raiser John Bradley with John Wayne during the filming of Wayne’s classic war film, "The Sands of Iwo Jima." Bradley, along with Ira Hayes and Rene Gagnon, played himself. Bradley, a medic and civilian mortician, struggled with PTSD his entire adult life and rarely talked about the war after the film was released. This suffering veteran, directly linked to our country’s greatest war actors, symbolizes the void between Hollywood and the sad realities of war.
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five U. S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the U. S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WW II.It became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the U. S. as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war.
There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.
The men who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima.Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. Taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.