72nd Anniversary of Mount Suribachi flag raising

| February 23, 2017 | 30 Comments

Mick reminds us that today is the 72nd anniversary of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi, the highest peak on the island of Iwo Jima. From the History channel;

During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. American soldiers fighting for control of Suribachi’s slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a Marine still photographer and a motion-picture cameraman.

Rosenthal took three photographs atop Suribachi. The first, which showed five Marines and one Navy corpsman struggling to hoist the heavy flag pole, became the most reproduced photograph in history and won him a Pulitzer Prize. The accompanying motion-picture footage attests to the fact that the picture was not posed. Of the other two photos, the second was similar to the first but less affecting, and the third was a group picture of 18 soldiers smiling and waving for the camera. Many of these men, including three of the six soldiers seen raising the flag in the famous Rosenthal photo, were killed before the conclusion of the Battle for Iwo Jima in late March.

We also get the sad news that Iwo survivor, retired Lieutenant General Lawrence Snowden passed last week;

At age 95, the three-star general was the senior survivor of the five-week struggle for the volcanic island, where three airfields were captured in February of 1945 to provide a staging area for air raids on the Japanese mainland. More than 6,000 Americans died and 19,200 casualties were counted – including Snowden, who was wounded twice but persuaded commanders to let him return to the fighting after his first evacuation.

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  1. HMC Ret says:

    I am humbled by men and women such as this.

  2. Club Manager says:

    WAR STORY WARNING:
    On an old empty KC-97 from Anderson AFB, Guam to Japan (in about 70′) the pilot flew over the monument and dipped the wing so we could get a great view. It was a stirring moment to have an opportunity to see that proud point in American history.

  3. ex-OS2 says:

    I am forever grateful for those that served to protect my freedoms.

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

  4. Sparks says:

    God bless and keep each of them. Rest in peace brothers.

  5. TankBoy says:

    Semper Fidelis.

  6. Just An Old Dog says:

    Semper Fi,
    The flag raising was in the news not that long ago when they dropped the bombshell than PM2 John Bradley was not part of the famed second photo, but a Marine, PFC Harold Shultz was part of it.
    The guys who fought on that Island were my heroes growing up.

  7. Poetrooper says:

    Stay with this video until the end:

    https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaAthletics/videos/10154833488122209/

    You’ll be cheering…

  8. Mick says:

    “Among the Americans who served on Iwo island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

    — Admiral Chester Nimitz —

    • AW1Ed says:

      And these days some Americans of the same age as these Marines need safe spaces, have trigger warnings, get participation awards, and wear pussy hats.

      I almost feel sorry for them.

      Almost.
      *place evil grin here*

  9. Wilted Willy says:

    How I wish we could transport all of the Stolen Valor asswipes back to that fateful day and have them earn what they have stolen. My God bless all of you and especially the ones that gave their all, rest well my brothers and may God keep all of you!

  10. Combat Historian says:

    “…American soldiers fighting for control of Suribachi’s slopes cheered the raising of the flag…”

    “…and the third was a group picture of 18 soldiers smiling and waving for the camera…”

    Not “soldiers”, but MARINES, truly heroic courageous sacrificing MARINES wearing the EGA…the damn civvies never understand how important it is to us military men and women that they get this terminology stuff right; may be one day they’ll learn and understand.

    Meanwhile, real “Soldiers” were indeed serving very nearby in the black sand bloodied red by American blood, as Army Soldiers of the negro 476th Amphibian Truck Company manned their DUKWS back and forth through the enemy fire to bring in supplies for the U.S. Marines advancing up Suribachi and bringing out Marine casualties back to the ships…American troops, Marine, Navy and Army, all races and creeds, serving on one team in the bloody sands and beaches of Iwo Jima; God Bless them all…

  11. CWO5USMC says:

    Here at Camp Pendleton, we did a ceremony and tour for some Iwo Jima veterans in recognition of the anniversary. It’s very humbling to sit around the table with them. Nice to hear them still talk sh!t to one another, esp when you hear them say “You didn’t get there until day 3, you slacker!!”
    They are all top tier guys in my book.

  12. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    There will be a Marine Corps for a thousand years.

    And then some. Wish I didn’t have to look up who said that.

  13. FatCircles0311 says:

    Would be considered a war crime today.

    Give ‘me hell, Marines!

  14. HMC Ret says:

    I stole this from Google:

    On Iwo’s beach, Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal rhapsodized to the overall Marine commander, LtGen Holland P. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith. “Holland,” he said, “this means a Marine Corps for another 500 years.” The crusty general, tears in his eyes, chomped on his unlit cigar and said, “I’m proud as hell to be wearing my Marine uniform.”

    My best tour of duty was 3rd Med, Hansen, Okinawa with the Marines.

    My best duty station Millington, Memphis,
    Tn.

    Big difference in best tour and best duty station. At least to me.

    Love me some Grunts …

  15. HMC Ret says:

    Also stole this from Google:

    “Life was as precious to Iwo’s Marines as it is to us. Yet the closeness that bonded these tough, raggedy men instilled in them a boldness that overrode their very survival instinct. In Manchester’s words:
    Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all. He is truly damned.”

    There is a bonding within the military, especially among combat troops, that is unknown in the civilian sector, with the possible exception of firemen and police. Even those two groups fall short of the bonding found within military combat troops. IMO

  16. Marine0331 says:

    Semper Fi Devildog!! Rest In Peace.

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