On This Day….

Battle of Iwo Jima – Raising of the Flag

February 23, 1945

The famous raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi. There were two American flag raisings on Mount Suribachi that day. Joe Rosenthal‘s famous Pulitzer-winning photo was of the second flag-raising in which a larger replacement flag was raised by a second group of Marines.
With more than 7,000 U.S. troops killed, the Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the costliest battles of World War II. The battle lasted from February 19th to March 26th.First flag raising (left) and the second raising photographed by Rosenthal