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.

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.

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

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

Iwo Jima Today - Iwo Jima  18

Iwo Jima Today - Iwo Jima 18

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war dogs | World War 2 Photos > US Marines > Iwo Jima war dog

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph 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[1] during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. (Joel Rosenthal)

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph 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[1] during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. (Joel Rosenthal)

Feb. 19, 1945. U.S. Marines land on the Japansese-held island of Iwo Jima in the Western Pacific.  And on March 26, 69 years ago today, the battle ended with American forces officially securing the island.

Feb. 19, 1945. U.S. Marines land on the Japansese-held island of Iwo Jima in the Western Pacific. And on March 26, 69 years ago today, the battle ended with American forces officially securing the island.

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stamps | when the public first demanded a stamp commemorating the flag raising ...

Iwo Jima Today - Iwo Jima  4

Iwo Jima Today - Iwo Jima 4

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