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The Flag Raisings

 
 
The Flag Raisings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
1. The Flag Raisings Marker
Inscription. On the morning of February 23, 1945, the fifth day of battle, a 40-man Marine combat patrol ascended the rocky slopes of Mount Suribachi, a 550-foot extinct volcano at the southern tip of Iwo Jima. The patrol, led by First Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, had been ordered to sieze and occupy the crest and raise a small American flag. When the patrol reached the rim of the crater, some of the Marines fought off a defending force of Japanese, while others located an iron pipe, tied the flag to it, and raised the Stars and Stripes. Watching the flag go up, Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal proclaimed, "The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for another 500 years."

Shortly after raising the first flag, another patrol was sent to raise a larger flag that would be visible over the entire island. As the second group hoisted this flag, Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the moment on film. For Marines on the battlefield, the two flag raisings gave hope for a quick victory. However, the determined Japanese only dug deeper and would fight tenaciously for another month.

Captions of Photos on Upper Right of Panel
Michael Strank (4)
Sergeant, USMC
Connemaugh PA
1919 - 1945 (killed on Iwo Jima)

Rene Gagnon (5)
Private First Class, USMCR
Manchester
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
2. Marine Corps War Memorial
NH
1926 - 1979
Harlon Block (6)
Corporal, USMC
Yorktown TX
1924 - 1945 (killed on Iwo Jima)

Photos on lower left corner of panel
Ira Hayes (1)
Private First Class, USMCR
Sacaton, AZ
1923 - 1955

Franklin Sousley (2)
Private First Class, USMCR
Flemingsbury, KY
1925 - 1945 (killed on Iwo Jima)

John Bradley (3)
Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class, USN
Antiago, WI
1923 - 1994
 
Erected by The National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 53.417′ N, 77° 4.251′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Marshall Drive near Jefferson Davis Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United States Marine Corps War Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Battle For Iwo Jima (within shouting distance of this marker); History Of The U. S. Marine Corps (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making A Memorial (about 300 feet away); Symbol of Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); Let Freedom Ring
U.S. Marine Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa 1985
3. U.S. Marine Memorial
(approx. 0.2 miles away); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 12, 2008
4. Marine Corps War Memorial
This picture was taken using Ektachrome 100GX film.
Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 12, 2008
5. Memorial Bridge
The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument can be seen in the background. This picture was taken using Ektachrome E100GX film.
The Flag Raisings Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 2, 2015
6. The Flag Raisings Marker
Ira H. Hayes USMC Memorial and Marker image. Click for more information.
7. Ira H. Hayes USMC Memorial and Marker
Erected in Sacaton, Arizona
Click for more information.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,230 times since then and 77 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week February 23, 2014. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on January 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on January 28, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   6. submitted on September 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   7. submitted on January 7, 2010.
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