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.

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)

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.

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.

Feb. 23, 1945: The Raising of OUR Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photo that was taken in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. 5 U.S. Marines & a U.S. Navy corpsman raised OUR flag of the U.S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Of the 6 men depicted in the photo, 3 (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, & Michael Strank) were killed during the battle; the 3 survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, & Ira Hayes) became National Heroes upon their identification in the photo....

Feb. 23, 1945: The Raising of OUR Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photo that was taken in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. 5 U.S. Marines & a U.S. Navy corpsman raised OUR flag of the U.S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Of the 6 men depicted in the photo, 3 (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, & Michael Strank) were killed during the battle; the 3 survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, & Ira Hayes) became National Heroes upon their identification in the photo....

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

U.S. Marines of the 5th Division inch their way up a sand dune on Red Beach No. 1 toward Mount Suribachi, as the smoke of the battle drifts over them during the initial invasion on Iwo Jima, on February, 19, 1945.

U.S. Marines of the 5th Division inch their way up a sand dune on Red Beach No. 1 toward Mount Suribachi, as the smoke of the battle drifts over them during the initial invasion on Iwo Jima, on February, 19, 1945.

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