Five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raise the flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, using a piece of Japanese pipe as a mast, February 23, 1945. The flag raising photo and subsequent statue came to symbolize being a Marine.
Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. Lou Lowery's image of Marines replacing the first American flag atop Mount Suribachi with a second flag, made famous by Joe Rosenthal's iconic photograph. From the collection of Lou Lowery (COLL/2575), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.
U.S. Marines of the 5th Division inch their way up a sand dune on Red Beach No. 1 toward Mount Suribachi, as the smoke of the battle drifts over them during the initial invasion on Iwo Jima, on February, 19, 1945.
FEB 23 1945 U.S. Marines raise the flag on Mount Suribachi - See more at: http://ww2today.com First Iwo Jima Flag Raising. Small flag carried ashore by the 2d Battalion, 28th Marines is planted atop Mount Suribachi at 1020, 23 February 1945