On this day is 1945, U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi after four days of fierce fighting to claim the island as an air base.
There were two flag-raisings after a commander called for a larger flag to be put up to inspire the troops and demoralize the opposing forces. It was the 2nd raising that photographer Joe Rosenthal captured, that photo would go on to become of one of the most famous photos from World War II. Rosenthal would receive a Pulitzer Prize for the photo.
According to the VA, in 2020, ~325,574 of the 16M Americans who served in WWII were alive.
To all WWII Veterans out there, thank you for your service and bravery.
Many thanks to the National Archive for the footage.
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