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71 Years Ago Today - USMC Raised Flags On Iwo
California, United States
Joined: September 04, 2002
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 08:32 PM UTC
There were two flags raised on Mount Suribachi on this day. The first was smaller and taken down and replaced by the much larger flag now subject to the famous photograph.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a United States Navy hospital corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi,during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

The photograph was extremely popular, being reprinted in thousands of publications. Later, it became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the United States as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war, and quite possibly the most reproduced photograph of all time.Three Marines depicted in the photograph, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, and Michael Strank, were killed in action over the next few days. The three surviving flag-raisers were Marines Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, and Navy hospital corpsman John Bradley. The latter three became celebrities after their identifications in the photograph.

The image was later used by Felix de Weldon to sculpt the Marine Corps War Memorial which was dedicated in 1954 to all Marines who died for their country past and present, and is located adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington, D.C. The original mold is located on the Marine Military Academy grounds, a private college preparatory academy located in Harlingen, Texas.
Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 08:29 PM UTC
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: March 16, 2010
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 08:47 PM UTC
My rendition of the 1/72 scale kit: