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    U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945.

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    Title: Marines of the 28th Regiment of the 5th Division Raise the American Flag Atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 1945 Artist: Joe Rosenthal

    U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on February 23, 1945. The Battle of Iwo Jima was the costliest in Marine Corps history, with almost 7,000 Americans killed in 36 days of fighting. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)

    U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division raise the American flag after capturing the 550-foot Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, the largest Volcano Islands of Japan, on Feb. 23, 1945 during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal). After 70 years, Iwo Jima flag debate still simmers | NewsCut | Minnesota Public Radio News

    Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 1945

    American soldiers planting the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima - February 1945

    The first American flag to be raised over Iwo Jima.

    Joe Rosenthal (1911 – 2006), "Raising Flag on Suribachi, Iwo Jima", Feb 23, 1945.

    Iwo Jima, Marines pose in front of the flag they just raised

    The men who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima. - The story told here of six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps.

    John Bradley - A Navy corpsman, who was one of the three surviving men who raised the American Flag over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII

    Iwo Jima

    Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.

    WWII Iwo Jima US Marine

    Ira Hayes (Chief Falling Cloud), Pima Native American Hero who helped raise the American flag at Iwo Jima - Arlington National Cemetery.

    Marines carrying the first flag up Iwo Jima.

    The battle of Iwo Jima, Feb.19-26, 1945.

    "Flag raising on Iwo Jima." Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press, February 23, 1945.

    Iwo Jima

    Assault on the beachhead, Iwo Jima, 1945

    Iwo Jima , March 1945: The caption reads "Corporal Edward Burckhardt, of Yonkers, New York, sports a kitten that he found at the base of Suribachi Yama on the battlefield at Iwo Jima when he came ashore with the 5th Marine Division." From the Holland Smith Collection (COLL/2949) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections