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.
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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.
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