70,000 Marines Helped Raise That Flag on Iwo Jima

70,000 Marines Helped Raise That Flag on Iwo Jima (HM2E2K)

Location: Arlington, VA 22209 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.421', W 77° 4.169'

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US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

"to Marines it's not about the individuals and never has been...what they did together and what they represent remains most important. That doesn't change."
—General Robert B. Neller
USMC Commandant, 2016

If you have only seen the famous photo that inspired this statue, you might get the impression that just six Marines got the whole job done. But there were several photographers at work that day—and many other photos made.

Here you can see a part of the actual Marine combat patrol that took the Stars and Stripes up Mount Suribachi, past snipers concealed in the sides of that volcano. Some of these faces are here in the war memorial statue.

What you can't see is the greatest armada of 500 ships and swarms of warplanes that made it possible to put three Marine divisions and an Army regiment ashore—more than 110,000 sailors, airmen, soldiers, and Marines.

Many of the faces in this combat patrol photo would die on Iwo in the bitter fighting in the weeks to come. The sacrifices made to win Iwo Jima were greater than any other battle in Marine Corps history.
HM NumberHM2E2K
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 7:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320515 N 4306644
Decimal Degrees38.89035000, -77.06948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.421', W 77° 4.169'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 25.26" N, 77° 4' 10.14" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 703 Arlington Blvd, Arlington VA 22209, US
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