There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block.    The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Click the picture to read more...

There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Click the picture to read more...

Michael Strank, born in Jarabina, Czecho-Slovakia (now Slovakia), fought in Iwo Jima during WWII. He was photographed in the iconic image of six marines raising the American flag after the battle was won.

Michael Strank, born in Jarabina, Czecho-Slovakia (now Slovakia), fought in Iwo Jima during WWII. He was photographed in the iconic image of six marines raising the American flag after the battle was won.

Sgt.Michael Strank one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima 1945(701x1000)

Sgt.Michael Strank one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima 1945(701x1000)

2nd flag raisers; Michael Strank was photographed as one of six Marines raising the second, larger US flag on Iwo Jima

2nd flag raisers; Michael Strank was photographed as one of six Marines raising the second, larger US flag on Iwo Jima

Franklin Sousley is identified as one of six Marines who was photographed as being one of the famous Iwo Jima flag raisers.

Franklin Sousley is identified as one of six Marines who was photographed as being one of the famous Iwo Jima flag raisers.

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