Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.
Iwo Jima Memorial..The Iwo Jima Memorial, also known as the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, honors the Marines who have died defending the United States since 1775. The Iwo Jima Memorial is located near Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Very emotional place to visit..especially watching the Sunset Review Parade Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May through August.
First Flag Raising on Iwo Jima. Here is the real flag raising shot, raised atop the mountain soon after it was captured early in the morning of Feb. 23, 1945. Captain Dave Severance was ordered by 2nd Bat. Cmdr. Chandler Johnson to send a platoon to go take the mountain. “Severance, the commander of Easy Company, ordered 1st Lt. Harold Schrier to lead the patrol. Just before Schrier was to head up the mountain, Cmdr Johnson. handed him a flag saying, ‘If you get to the top, put it up.’
Doberman Watching over Sleeping American Marine - BE035531 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. "Butch," a Doberman pinscher war dog for the 5th Marine Division of the United States, stands guard as his partner, Pvt. Rez Hester of Liberty, North Carolina, grabs a little sleep in a foxhole on Iwo Jima.