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.
On February 19, 1945 in leadership history during World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima. The leadership lesson? Whatever challenges or obstacles in your way today, you have the freedom to conquer them because of the bravery of men over 60 years ago. #NeverForget (Lee Ellis and Leading with Honor Leadership History)
A heavy machine gun, possibly a Japanese Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun, lies abandoned in a bunker overlooking the landing beaches. There are still dozens of these bunkers all over the island. Most of them were destroyed during the battle. This pillbox still bore the scars of the fighting. It was marked with bullet holes and the inside was blackened. I imagine a flame thrower was used to clear this pillbox. (via)