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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.

Marines burrow in the volcanic sand on the beach of Iwo Jima. This Day in WWII History: Feb 19, 1945: Marines invade Iwo Jima

Marines burrow in the volcanic sand on the beach of Iwo Jima. This Day in WWII History: Feb 19, 1945: Marines invade Iwo Jima

Aerial view of Iwo Jima and Mount Suribachi looking across the southern point and the landing beaches to the supply ship staging area 24 February 1945 five days after the initial landings.

Aerial view of Iwo Jima and Mount Suribachi looking across the southern point and the landing beaches to the supply ship staging area 24 February 1945 five days after the initial landings.

This insanely famous picture of the US flag going up over Iwo Jima is NOT what you think it is ... fascinating story (Via Dave Trott's blog)

This insanely famous picture of the US flag going up over Iwo Jima is NOT what you think it is ... fascinating story (Via Dave Trott's blog)

https://flic.kr/p/eB3GHt | BE020997 | 07 Oct 1969, Da Nang, Vietnam --- More than 1,000 troops of the US 3rd Marine Division's 3rd regiment stand in the rain waiting their turn to board the USS Iwo Jima 10/6 to return to the US. The leathernecks are part of some 7,000 leaving Vietnam under President Nixon's 'second phase' pullout. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

https://flic.kr/p/eB3GHt | BE020997 | 07 Oct 1969, Da Nang, Vietnam --- More than 1,000 troops of the US 3rd Marine Division's 3rd regiment stand in the rain waiting their turn to board the USS Iwo Jima 10/6 to return to the US. The leathernecks are part of some 7,000 leaving Vietnam under President Nixon's 'second phase' pullout. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Battle of Iwo Jima - Wikipedia. USS New York firing her 359 mm main guns at the Island Feb.1945

Battle of Iwo Jima - Wikipedia. USS New York firing her 359 mm main guns at the Island Feb.1945

25 Incredible Photos Of The Fiercest Battle Of WWII: Iwo Jima

25 Incredible Photos Of The Fiercest Battle Of WWII: Iwo Jima

US Marines dug in on Iwo Jima 20 February 1945.

US Marines dug in on Iwo Jima 20 February 1945.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five U. S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the U. S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WW II.It became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the U. S. as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five U. S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the U. S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WW II.It became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the U. S. as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war.

Jeep buried by surf in the sand of Iwo Jima Beach, 1945. Photographed by T/Sgt. H. Neil Gillespie.

Jeep buried by surf in the sand of Iwo Jima Beach, 1945. Photographed by T/Sgt. H. Neil Gillespie.

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

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

Regimental Command Post, Iwo Jima, 1945. Photo caption: Iwo Jima, February 1945. Cozy Spot: View of a Regimental command post in a sandbagged position near the front lines at Iwo Jima. From the Photograph Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

Regimental Command Post, Iwo Jima, 1945. Photo caption: Iwo Jima, February 1945. Cozy Spot: View of a Regimental command post in a sandbagged position near the front lines at Iwo Jima. From the Photograph Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH