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Original image: [https://i.imgur.com/qyThN6D.jpg](https://i.imgur.com/qyThN6D.jpg) [2959 x 2241]
Title: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Photographer: Joe Rosenthal
Date taken: February 23, 1945
Sergeant Michael Strank (1919-1945)
Corporal Harlon Block (1924-1945)
Private First Class Franklin Sousley (1925-1945)
Corporal Rene Gagnon (1925-1979)
Corporal Ira Hayes (1923-1955)
Corporal Harold Schultz (1925-1995)
This photo was taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima – a deadly battle in which the United States Marine Corps captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Imperial Japanese Army, which lasted five weeks (February 19 – March 26, 1945).
On February 23, 1945, four days into the battle, US Marines had fought to the summit of Mount Suribachi. There they raised a United States flag to signal their capture of Suribachi. About 90 minutes later, a bigger flag was raised, replacing the first one – that second flag is the one depicted in this iconic photograph being raised by six Marines from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines.
Tragically, three of the men depicted – Sergeant Michael Strank, Corporal Harlon Block, and Private First Class Franklin Sousley – were killed in action during the remainder of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
A sculpture of this scene was produced in 1954 to serve as a memorial to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have given their lives in the defense of the United States. It is located in Arlington County, Virginia, United States.
Read more on Wikipedia: [Battle of Iwo Jima](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima) | [Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_the_Flag_on_Iwo_Jima)
One of the men depicted in the photograph – Corporal Harold Schultz – was incorrectly identified until 2016, 71 years after the event, instead being misidentified as John Bradley. Bradley was present for both flag raisings but was not depicted in the iconic photograph as claimed. Corporal Harold Schultz was also misidentified, but only until January 1947.
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Was it really “during” the battle? I read that it was staged after, great picture anyway
I’m sick of “colorizations”. This famous photograph should not be vandalized by the low effort addition of indifferently selected colors. And get your logo off the photo you did not play any roll in its creation, whoever you are. It’s particularly egregious when the photo being vandalized is one as famous as this one. You can’t claim to respect the subject matter when you’re cheapening it this way. This photo won a PULITZER PRIZE and we know the name of the actual photographer, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Rosenthal , his name is the ONLY name that should appear on the photo. But of course he didn’t put his name on the photo because Mr Rosenthal understood what a photograph is and what it is for, unlike the egotistical chump that vandalized this famous photo.
[Video of the flag raising.](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Raising_the_Flag_on_Iwo_Jima_%28color%29.ogv)