Iwo Jima Flag

"Old Glory Flies Over Iwo Jima,"
Universal Newsreel 18-382 (1945/03/19) from National Archives
""Old Glory Flies Over Iwo Jima" (quote from Universal Newsreel Vol. 18-382, March 19, 1945):

"With the costly beach head finally secure on Iwo Jima, the U.S. Marines turn their attention to Mt. Suribachi, the volcano which is covered with Jap guns. Off shore, U.S. Naval ships pour tons of shells into the mountain. The Marines slowly advance uphill as U.S. dive bombers place sticks of bombs immediately ahead of the Leathernecks. Jap fortifications with narrow entrances and huge, thick walls are reduced with hand grenades. Battered Jap gun emplacements, and scores of slain Japs are passed. When at last the summit is reached, the Marines enact one of the stirring scenes in American history, the Stars and Stripes are planted on Suribachi, 750 miles from Tokyo!"


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. (Navy Photo)
Marines of Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, lower the first flag raised over Mount Suribachi, while other men raise a second flag which became the subject of photographer Joe Rosenthal's world-famous photograph. (USMC) 112718
Flag raising on Iwo Jima., 02/23/1945, by Joe Rosenthal of Associated Press. (NWDNS-80-G-413988)
From the crest of Mount Suribachi, the Stars and Stripes wave in triumph over Iwo Jima after U.S. Marines had fought their way inch by inch up its steep lava-encrusted slopes, 1945, by John Papsun, PhoM3c. (NWDNS-26-G-4140)

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