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.

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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."

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Marines carrying the first flag up Iwo Jima.--The famous flag is the SECOND flag brought up there because the "first one wasn't big enough."

Marines carrying the first flag up Iwo Jima.--The famous flag is the SECOND flag brought up there because the "first one wasn't big enough."

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Cpl. Charles Lindberg carried a flamethrower. He was one of the six Marines who raised the first American flag over the historic Iwo Jima battlefield. Years later he was still unhappy about the lack of recognition the first flag-raisers received for their efforts

Cpl. Charles Lindberg carried a flamethrower. He was one of the six Marines who raised the first American flag over the historic Iwo Jima battlefield. Years later he was still unhappy about the lack of recognition the first flag-raisers received for their efforts

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...

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

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The Battle of Iwo Jima was a battle in which the United States fought for and captured Iwo Jima from Japan.The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified,  with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 kilometres (11 mi) of underground tunnels.The battle was the first American attack on the Japanese Home Islands.  It was  immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 meter (546 ft) Mount Suribachi by five Marines and one Navy…

The Battle of Iwo Jima was a battle in which the United States fought for and captured Iwo Jima from Japan.The Japanese positions on the island were heavily fortified, with vast bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 kilometres (11 mi) of underground tunnels.The battle was the first American attack on the Japanese Home Islands. It was immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 meter (546 ft) Mount Suribachi by five Marines and one Navy…

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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

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