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  • Matt Luders

    The flag shown in this famous photo is actually the second one raised by US Marines on Mt. Suribachi after taking the island of Iwo Jima in February 1945, and significantly larger than the first. But contrary to some accounts, this second flag raising was not staged. Instead, Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, had decided he wanted the (first) flag as a souvenir. Hearing this, and believing the flag rightfully belonged to the 2nd Battalion, Commander Chandler Johnson dispatched Lieutenant Ted Tuttle to obtain a replacement flag. As an afterthought, Johnson called after Tuttle: "And make it a bigger one." When the second flag was raised, AP photographer Joe Rosenthal was caught off-guard and nearly missed the shot.

  • Deanne P. Wells

    U.S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima (1945)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 during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The photograph was extremely popular, being reprinted in thousands of publications. Later, it became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same ye...

  • Jesse Torres

    One of the most famous photos in American history, US troops raising the flag on Iwo Jima.

  • Will Stuckey

    US Marines raising the American flag over Iwojima*

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