75 Years Ago Today

THERE were many flag-raising photographs taken as island after island in the Pacific Theatre was captured by US forces toward the end of World War II – they were crucial to public morale – but none became as celebrated as the one taken at Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press on this day in 1945. It won the Pulitzer Prize that year. The six Marines pictured at the summit of Mount Suribachi are Harlon Block, Harold Keller, Ira Hayes, Harold Schultz, Franklin Sousley and Michael Strank. At this stage the battle was far from over. Block, Sousley and Strank were later killed in action. That original flag – one of the most beloved relics in American military history – is on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.

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7 Responses to 75 Years Ago Today

  1. PB

    This was actually the replacement flag as the original one posted up there was unimpressive and someone went down the hill and came back with this one.

    Would that more Australians understood love of country the way legacy Americans do.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    Shocking display of white privilege.

    The carbon footprint of getting that flag there must have been astronomical.

  3. Cynic of Ayr

    It’s been said elsewhere – forget where, but more than one place – that the USA could not win WWII with the citizens it has today.
    Bit hard to get the gist of, but it means that the AXIS would have the men it had, whilst the USA had the men – and half men – it has today.
    That is the sad part of war. Countrys lose their best people, not their worst.

  4. Beachcomber

    Infidel Tiger at 10:04 am

    Shocking display of white privilege.

    The carbon footprint of getting that flag there must have been astronomical.

    Indeed!

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