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.

Michael Strank. Died in the battle for Iwo Jima in WW2. Described by his men as the best man they ever knew, "Sgt Mike Strank's squad idolized him."

Michael Strank. Died in the battle for Iwo Jima in WW2. Described by his men as the best man they ever knew, "Sgt Mike Strank's squad idolized him."

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. Click the picture to read more...

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. Click the picture to read more...

It took his widow nearly two years, but Rene was finally laid to rest just across the street from the Iwo Jima Memorial. Description from washingtondc2011.blogspot.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

It took his widow nearly two years, but Rene was finally laid to rest just across the street from the Iwo Jima Memorial. Description from washingtondc2011.blogspot.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Google Search.Philip Johnston proposed the use of Navajo to the United States Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. Johnston, a World War I veteran, was raised on the Navajo reservation as the son of a missionary to the Navajos, and was one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. Because Navajo has a complex grammar, and was at this time an unwritten language.

Google Search.Philip Johnston proposed the use of Navajo to the United States Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. Johnston, a World War I veteran, was raised on the Navajo reservation as the son of a missionary to the Navajos, and was one of the few non-Navajos who spoke their language fluently. Because Navajo has a complex grammar, and was at this time an unwritten language.

Mary Pero-Strank, sister of the late Marine Sgt. Mike Strank, one of the Iwo Jima flag raisers, holds an oil painting of the Joe Rosenthal photo that captured the famous World War II event.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mary Pero-Strank, sister of the late Marine Sgt. Mike Strank, one of the Iwo Jima flag raisers, holds an oil painting of the Joe Rosenthal photo that captured the famous World War II event. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Franklin Sousley is identified as one of six Marines who was photographed as being one of the famous Iwo Jima flag raisers.

Franklin Sousley is identified as one of six Marines who was photographed as being one of the famous Iwo Jima flag raisers.

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