The Flag Raisings

The Flag Raisings (HM2PC)

Location: Arlington, VA 22209 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.417', W 77° 4.251'

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On the morning of February 23, 1945, the fifth day of battle, a 40-man Marine combat patrol ascended the rocky slopes of Mount Suribachi, a 550-foot extinct volcano at the southern tip of Iwo Jima. The patrol, led by First Lieutenant Harold G. Schrier, had been ordered to sieze and occupy the crest and raise a small American flag. When the patrol reached the rim of the crater, some of the Marines fought off a defending force of Japanese, while others located an iron pipe, tied the flag to it, and raised the Stars and Stripes. Watching the flag go up, Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal proclaimed, "The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for another 500 years."

Shortly after raising the first flag, another patrol was sent to raise a larger flag that would be visible over the entire island. As the second group hoisted this flag, Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the moment on film. For Marines on the battlefield, the two flag raisings gave hope for a quick victory. However, the determined Japanese only dug deeper and would fight tenaciously for another month.

Captions of Photos on Upper Right of Panel
Michael Strank (4)
Sergeant, USMC
Connemaugh PA
1919 - 1945 (killed on Iwo Jima)

Rene Gagnon (5)
Private First Class, USMCR
Manchester NH
1926 - 1979
Harlon Block (6)
Corporal, USMC
Yorktown TX
1924 - 1945 (killed on Iwo Jima)

Photos on lower left corner of panel
Ira Hayes (1)
Private First Class, USMCR
Sacaton, AZ
1923 - 1955

Franklin Sousley (2)
Private First Class, USMCR
Flemingsbury, KY
1925 - 1945 (killed on Iwo Jima)

John Bradley (3)
Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class, USN
Antiago, WI
1923 - 1994
HM NumberHM2PC
Placed ByThe National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:33am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320396 N 4306639
Decimal Degrees38.89028333, -77.07085000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.417', W 77° 4.251'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 25.02" N, 77° 4' 15.06" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1302 US Marine Memorial Cir, Arlington VA 22209, US
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