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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Feb 23, 1945: U.S. Flag Raised On Iwo Jima

During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. American soldiers fighting for control of Suribachi's slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a Marine still photographer and a motion-picture cameraman.

Rosenthal took three photographs atop Suribachi. The first, which showed five Marines and one Navy corpsman struggling to hoist the heavy flag pole, became the most reproduced photograph in history and won him a Pulitzer Prize. The accompanying motion-picture footage attests to the fact that the picture was not posed. Of the other two photos, the second was similar to the first but less affecting, and the third was a group picture of 18 soldiers smiling and waving for the camera. Many of these men, including three of the six soldiers seen raising the flag in the famous Rosenthal photo, were killed before the conclusion of the Battle for Iwo Jima in late March.


PA said...

God Bless America.

lmclain said...

Can anyone IMAGINE the outcry of today's liberals if we had to fight THAT war again? We firebombed entire cities and killed 300,000 women and children in a couple of days. Under the idea that when we go to war, we actually intend on killing the enemy. Every one of them, including the ones who fed and protected the people trying to kill us. Now, a guy fires a grenade at us and runs into his house (where his wife and children are) and we have to get 5 levels of approval to blow the house up. We don't fight war like that anymore ... it's much more profitable to the military industrial complex, and much more palatable to the liberal ninnies who wnat OUR kids to fight "conflicts" while THEIR kids become "lobbyists". I liked it better when people were AFRAID to confront our military power. We got run outta Vietnam, run outta Iraq, and we are running as fast as we can from Afghanistan. But we ARE looking for new targets of the next "conflict", because those bombs and bullets need to get SOLD. And our "representatives" are ready to assist in THAT effort, because THEIR kids won't EVER come home without legs. Just yours.....and that's okay with our "representatives".

Anonymous said...

I'm actually surprised that some idiot or group of idiots haven't pushed to abolish all war memorials for fear it might offend someone or some country.