According to SFGate some retired Marines are lobbying for the naming of a ship for the photographer of the iconic Iwo Jima flag raising, Joseph Rosenthal.
“Joe Rosenthal took one of the greatest photographs in history, and yet he has been bypassed by history,” said Tom Graves, a member of the Marine Corps Correspondents Association who is spearheading the drive.
Graves and members of the Marines’ Memorial Association in San Francisco have an online petition — www.ussjoe.org. They have over 1,300 signatures and plan to get thousands more before submitting them to the Secretary of the Navy.
So far they have the support of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and hundreds of Marines and veterans. Graves hopes to get the backing of many more political bodies, including the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Rosenthal, then a civilian war correspondent working for the Associated Press, took the picture of the Marines raising the flag atop Suribachi mountain on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.
Thanks to HMC Ret for the tip.