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The 70th Anniversary of the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima

In 1945, photographer Joe Rosenthal took the photo that became one of the most recognized images of World War II.

Feb. 23, 2015, 8:34 a.m.
*** This is only for use in the Iwo Jima Slideshow to be published on February 23, 2015. *** U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. National Journal
1945: A crew member leads his shipmates in hymn singing and prayer aboard an American Navy LST ship on its way to Iwo Jima National Journal
A group of Black US Marines sit on a break, drinking water, during the conflict on Iwo Jima, World War II, March 1945 National Journal
A P-51D Mustang fighter named "MY GIRL" takes off from Iwo Jima. National Journal
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891 - 1945), the Japanese Imperial Army Commander of the forces which clashed with the Americans on Iwo Jima in 1945. The Americans took control of the island on March 26th.  National Journal
1945: An American soldier parachuting onto the island of Iwo Jima during the Pacific campaign. National Journal
From the crest of Mount Suribachi, the Stars and Stripes wave in triumph over Iwo Jima after U.S. Marines had fought their way inch by inch up its steep lava-encrusted slopes. Ca. February 1945. National Journal
Marines atop Mt. Suribachi celebrate raising the American flag. National Journal
US 5th Division Marines display Japanese battle flags captured in the battle at Iwo Jima.  National Journal
Japanese prisoners of war captured in the battle for Iwo Jima Island (Iwo-Jima) in the Volcano Islands in the Pacific Ocean.  National Journal
circa 1945: A US marine cemetery at the foot of Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. National Journal
Poster reminders viewers of the 7th War Loan and features an artist's rendering of Joe Rosenthal's photograph of US soldiers as they raise an American flag over Iwo Jima, May 14, 1945. Throughout World War II, the United States ran a series of bond drives to generate income for the war effort; this poster advertises the seventh one, which began shortly after VE Day.  National Journal
File picture of US Joe Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who made the photograph during the World War II battle for the Pacific island that the Iwo Jima Memorial is based on, stands before the memorial as he appears at a 28 June 1995 ceremony in Arlington, Virginia honoring photographers who have lost their lives covering wars around the world. Joe Rosenthal died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the San Francisco suburb of Novato, said his daughter 21 August 2006 National Journal
A monument on Mount Suribachi on Iwo To, Japan, commemorates the Feb. 23, 1945 flag raising during the battle of Iwo Jima. The 65th Reunion of Honor ceremony was held March 3 to honor veterans who fought in the battle. National Journal
F-14 Tomcats assigned to the Black Knights of Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154) fly by Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima Island. VF-154 is part of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked aboard Kitty Hawk, conducting Carrier Readiness Certifications. Kitty Hawk is the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. National Journal
Memorial to Marines who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima: A small, wooden board staked into the ground next to the flag-raising site on Mount Suribachi's summit carries rank insignia and military devices visitors have left to pay homage to those who fought the battle. The board can be found behind the American memorial. National Journal
The Iwo Jima Memorial, stands covered with snow, 27 January 2004, in Arlington, Virginia. National Journal
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