February 23rd 1945: Raising of the US flag on Iwo Jima
On this day in 1945, a group of United States Marines and a US Navy Corpsman reached the top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. There they raised the American flag, and this moment was captured in a now iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal. The event took place during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War Two, which was fought between the United States and Japan. Of the six men in the picture, three were killed during the battle (Franklin Sousley - second left, Harlon Block - far right, and Michael Strank - third left) and three survived (John Bradley - second right, Rene Gagnon - behind Bradley, and Ira Hayes - far left).
“Uncommon valor was a common virtue”
- Admiral Nimitz’s praise of the Marines on Iwo Jima