Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an historic exposure taken on February 23. 1945. by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U. S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. It became the lone exposure to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same twelvemonth as its publication. and came to be regarded in the United States as one of the most important and recognizable images of the war. and perchance the most reproduced exposure of all clip.
Flag raising on Iwo Jima. February 23. 1945. Joe Rosenthal. Associated Press. ( Navy ) From the crest of Mount Suribachi. the Stars and Stripes wave in victory over Iwo Jima after U. S. Marines had fought their manner inch by inch up its steep lava-encrusted inclines.
Flag Raising at Iwo Jima – by Joe Rosenthal. February 1945
Surely the most celebrated image of the war. reproduced in many signifiers – a triumph cast and the U. S. Marine Corps Memorial. to call two. In one of the bloodiest runs of the American thrust through the Central Pacific. the Marinese captured Iwo Jima on February 23. 1945. When they raised the flag on Mount Suribachi. Associated Press lensman Joe Rosenthal snapped off this shooting. Unaware of its impact. he sent the negative to his wire service. The editors spotted it immediately as a moving. memorable image. of American resoluteness. doggedness. and triumph. Within hours. it was all over the forepart
pages of the nation’s newspapers.
And. no. it was non staged. The existent narrative has led to some confusion over the old ages. Equally shortly as Mount Suribachi had been slightly secured. some Marines raised a flag. It was a little flag. non excessively enforcing from a distance. The commanding officers ordered a 2nd. larger flag to replace it. Six Marines ( Doc Bradley. Mike Strank. Rene Gagnon. Harlon Block. Ira Hayes. and Franklin Sousley ) were assigned to set up the larger flag. Photographer Joe Rosenthal went along. It was still rather unsafe. as Nipponese snipers lay concealed all over the island.
The flag-raising party made it to the top without incident. and Rosenthal caught the celebrated image. rather hurriedly. as he had been distracted minutes before the celebrated event. His original caption: “Atop 550-foot Suribachi Yama. the vent at the southwest tip of Iwo Jima. Marines of the Second Battalion. 28th Regiment. Fifth Division. lift the Stars and Stripes. signaling the gaining control of this cardinal place. ”
The boy of one of the flag-raisers. James Bradley. has written an first-class book. Flags of Our Fathers. about the work forces involved. their service taking up to Iwo Jima. the events environing the flag elevation and the celebrated exposure. and the life of the work forces afterwards