This Day in History: U.S. Flag Raised on Iwo Jima


This Day in History: U.S. Flag Raised on Iwo Jima. February 23, 1945.

After taking the crest of Mount Suribachi, U.S. Marines raised the U.S. flag  to the cheers of American soldiers. Several hours later when a second and  larger flag was raised, the moment was  captured by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. Of the three photos Rosenthal took,  one would win the Pulitzer Prize and  become the most reproduced photo in history. Three of the six soldiers seen in the photo  were killed before the end of the  Battle for Iwo Jima in late March. Defeating the 22,000 Japanese defenders  on the tiny island was an important  strategic victory for the U.S. Only 200 of the defenders were captured alive,  6,000 U.S. soldiers were killed and 17,000 U.S.  soldiers were wounded in the battle

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