Happy Birthday Marines!!! – 2023

Iwo Jima Flag Raising
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Happy Birthday, Marines!!!

I hope you all have a great time where ever you are, you deserve a little fun. This year I wanted to talk about the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi. I found some incredible gems on the internet and I wanted to share them with you, my fellow brothers and sisters on this momentous of days.

As we all know, there were two flag-raising on top of Mt. Suribachi, with the first one taking place a 10:20 on February 23, 1945. This flag was affixed to a Japanese iron water pipe found at the top of the mountain. First Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, executive officer of Easy Company, assisted by Platoon Sergeant Ernest Thomas and Sergeant Oliver Hansen (the platoon guide) raised this flag. Photos of this flag raising were taken by Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery of Leatherneck magazine, and never really made much fanfare.

The second raising on Mt. Suribachi is the one that everyone knows, and that one took place on February 23, 1945. The photograph, taken by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press, captured this now-famous scene. The photo captured Cpl Harlon Block, PFC Harold Kellier, PFC Franklin Sousley, Sgt Michael Strank, Pfc Harold Schultz, and PFC Ira Hayes raising a larger flag on top of Mt Suribachi.

Today, I want to share some photos of the flag raising that you may have never seen before.

This is the most famous of the flag-raising photos. A very high-resolution copy of this image is available by clicking on the below image.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph of six United States Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi - 1945

Here is a couple of photos that you might not have seen before, these are from the first and second flag raisings over Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima Flag Raising
U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, Japan, on February 23, 1945. AP Photo - by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press - Click to view and download a high resolution copy
First Flag Raising Over Iwo Jima
Raising the First Flag on Iwo Jima by SSgt. Louis R. Lowery, USMC, is the most widely circulated photograph of the first flag flown on Mt. Suribachi. - Click to view and download a high resolution copy
Raising the flag over Iwo Jima
Marines gather for photo ontop of Mount Suribachi Photo – by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press - Click to be taken to Alamy Stock Photos as I do not have a free copy of this image
Raising the flag over Iwo Jima
In a stiff breeze atop Mount Suribachi, volcano mountain on Iwo Jima Island, the American flag whips against the sky as cheering Marine raise their voices and weapons in the historic moment for a photograph, Iwo Jima, February 1945. USMC Photo by Bob Campbell - Click to be taken to Alamy Stock Photos as I do not have a free copy of this image
Second flag raising over Iwo Jima
Flag raising on Iwo Jima, Mount Suribachi - 5th Marines 23 February 1945 stars and stripes - Click to be taken to Alamy Stock Photos as I do not have a free copy of this image
Survivors of Iwo Jima flag raising at unveiling of statue in New York, May 11, 1945
Survivors of Iwo Jima flag raising at unveiling of statue in New York, May 11, 1945 - Click to be taken to Alamy Stock Photos as I do not have a free copy of this image
War Loan Poster
Viewing the 7th War Loan poster bearing the picture of the flag raising on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi are three of the participants. They are; (l to r) Marine Private First Class Rene Gagnon, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class John H. Bradley, and Marine Private First Class Ira Hayes - Click to be taken to Alamy Stock Photos as I do not have a free copy of this image
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    Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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