23 February 1945: U.S. Marines raise the flag on Mount Suribach

I have always liked the first flag raising picture. It captures the tension of the moment. There were a lot of Japanese still dug in on Suribachi.

Posted by firecapt at February 23, 2015 5:12 AM

See my 2013 post, "Iwo Jima Deconstructionism," in which I compile the evidence that the entire battle was fought for purposes that never were fulfilled.

Link: http://senseofevents.blogspot.com/2013/02/iwo-jima-deconstructionism.html

One example: that the island was seized to get an emergency landing strip for B-29s was a post-battle myth invented by the media. There is absolutely zero mention of that in pre-invasion planning documents. No one, before the battle, ever imagined Iwo as an emergency strip for bombers.

Posted by Donald Sensing at February 23, 2015 8:00 AM

It was Sgt. Mike Strank's men who raised the flag in that iconic photograph. He died in combat soon thereafter.


Posted by John Hinds at February 23, 2015 3:55 PM

The photo that you see is the photo of the second flag being raised. The first, as stated, was small and Rosenthal made the iconic image of the larger flag.
I became two years old on that day. somethings are part of one's history.

Posted by Vermont Woodchuck at February 24, 2015 6:38 AM