The Story Behind The Iconic Iwo Jima Flag-Raising Photo
It's been 70 years since the iconic flag-raising Iwo Jima photo was taken, and the story behind it is captivating.By Sebastian Martinez | February 23, 2015
This iconic photograph of five U.S. Marines and one Navy corpsman raising an American flag over Iwo Jima is now 70 years old.
The flag raising — actually the second time an American flag was raised on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi — came before the battle for the island had drawn to a close. (Video via U.S. National Archives)
In fact, the flag was raised on the mountain more than a month before the military officially declared the island secure, and three of the Marines who raised the flag — Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley and Michael Strank — were killed during the battle.