Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The First Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima

Photo #: NH 104150 Iwo Jima Operation, 1945

"The First Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima", 23 February 1945
Marines of the 28th Regiment, Fifth Marine Division, hoist the U.S. flag on a piece of pipe, at about 1020 Hrs. on 23 February 1945, after they had captured the summit of Mount Suribachi. This was some seventeen minutes before the famous flag-raising immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Holding the flagpole are Sergeant H.O. Hansen, Platoon Sergeant E.I. Thomas, and First Lieutenant H.G. Schrier. In the foreground Private First Class J.R. Michaels stands guard with an M-1 Carbine. Corporal C.W. Lindberg is behind him. (details from Morison: Vol. XIV, frontispiece and page 61)
Taken by Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery, USMC, staff photographer for "Leatherneck" magazine.

The original photograph came from the illustrations package for Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II", volume XIV: "Victory in the Pacific" (frontispiece).

Official U.S. Marine Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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