National Geographic : 1949 Oct
INliiiiii llte'' H.^^H 541 Acme "That's the Flag Our Troops Raised on Iwo Jima" Sgt. John A. Brown points out toJohnny Markel ofBrewster, New York, the very flag that sixgallant Americans planted atop Mount Suribachi onFebruary 23,1945, during one ofthe fiercest battles ofthe Pacific. Five Marines and one NavyMedical Corpsman-three ofwhom were later killed inaction-braved enemy fire to raise Old Glory in one ofthe most stirring episodes ofAmerican history. The Iwo Jima bannerwas borrowed from the Marine Corps Museum atQuantico, Virginia, for the Free dom Train's "Flags of Freedom" section. Commodore Perry's emblem, the SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force)standard, andGeneral Eisenhower's flag were also featured, as well astheensign flown from the U.S.S. Missouri when the Japanese formally surrendered inTokyo Bay.