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1945 - US Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Div, raise the flag of the United States on Mount Iwo Jima

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The men who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima.Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. Taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

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Feb 19, 1945 Americans land on Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.

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Iwo Jima, Marines pose in front of the flag they just raised

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Launching the Assault, Iwo Jima, 1945. Photo caption: Iwo Jima February 19, 1945. A wave of Marines is organized after reaching the Iwo beachhead and preparations are made for the push inland. From the Photograph Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

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Iwo Jima , March 1945: The caption reads "Corporal Edward Burckhardt, of Yonkers, New York, sports a kitten that he found at the base of Suribachi Yama on the battlefield at Iwo Jima when he came ashore with the 5th Marine Division." From the Holland Smith Collection (COLL/2949) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections

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the raising of the flag on iwo jima, taken during the battle of iwo jima by joe rosenthal. the picture depicts the marines and sailor who raised the second flag over iwo jima: sgt michael strank, cpl harlon block, pfc franklin sousley, pfc rene gagnon, pfc ira hayes, pm2 john bradley.

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A US Marine with a M2-2 Flamethrower at Iwo Jima. February 1945.

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