National Geographic : 1949 May
Flags of the Americas 649 Joe Rosenthal from Wide World Six Fighting Americans-Three Were Soon Killed-Raise the Flag Over Iwo Jima Battling the Japs to the top of Mount Suribachi, five Marines and a Navy Medical Corpsman planted Old Glory despite enemy fire on February 23, 1945. Photographer Rosenthal recorded the moment in a picture that stirred and inspired the Nation. Heroes all, the men were (left to right): Pfc. Franklin R. Sousley, Flemingsburg, Ken tucky; Pfc. Ira H. Hayes, Bapchule, Arizona; Sgt. Michael Strank, Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, and PhM2C John H. Bradley, Appleton, Wisconsin (both obscured by comrades), Pfc. Rene A. Gagnon, Manchester, New Hampshire; and Cpl. Harlon H. Block, Weslaco, Texas. Sergeant Strank, Corporal Block, and Private Sousley were killed in action before the island was secured. The Iwo Jima flag is now in the Marine Corps Museum, Quantico, Virginia.