A Split Second Made Immortal

A Split Second Made Immortal (HM2E2L)

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° 4.199'

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US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway

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

"The raising of the flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."
—Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal
23 February 1945

America's Stars and Stripes remains a potent symbol of Marine Corps spirit and what it took to gain victory in World War II. Marines raised the flag twice over Iwo Jima. Each action was over in a matter of seconds. Photographers present recorded many pictures of both events.

When the first flag went up, it immediately rallied the spirits of thousands of Marines. Cheers broke out. Ships' horns sounded. But at only 4½ feet long, the banner could not easily be seen by the many Marines fighting on the distant beachheads below.

Major General Keller E. Rockey ordered that a bigger, 8-foot-long flag be taken to the top. The snapshot taken of that moment when Marines struggled together to push the second flag aloft touched the hearts of Americans deeply.

Associated Press photographer Joseph J. Rosenthal's 1945 camera is now in the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York.

Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Rosenthal had no idea his photograph would quickly become world-famous. The image was only revealed after being taken to Guam—815 miles away—to

be developed.
HM NumberHM2E2L
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 320471 N 4306645
Decimal Degrees38.89035000, -77.06998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.421', W 77° 4.199'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 25.26" N, 77° 4' 11.94" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US Marine Memorial Cir, Arlington VA 22209, US
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