Image credits: Photograph by Joe Rosenthal/The Associated Press

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The photograph of the US Marines raising the flag over Mount Suribachi was taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal and is one of the most famous images of the war. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945.

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To finally reach the top was a feat unlike any they had imagined. It took four days of intense fighting to reach the top of Mount Suribachi. Five United States Marines and one Navy corpsman stood atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945 and raised an American flag signifying that they had taken the top of the volcanic mountain during the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The picture, taken by Joe Rosenthal, became one of the most recognizable photos of the war.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal / Associated PressOn February

Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press caught the afternoon flag-raising in an iconic photograph that eventually won a Pulitzer Prize. Sculptor Felix W. de Weldon, then on duty with the US Navy, was so moved by the image that he constructed first a scale model and then a life-size model of it. Gagnon, Hayes, and Bradley, the three survivors of the flag raising (the others were killed on Iwo Jima), posed for the sculptor as he modeled their faces in clay. All available pictures and physical statistics of the three who had given their lives were collected and then used in the modeling of their faces.

Iwo Jima and Joe Rosenthal's famous photo in high-res (30 HQ Photos)

On the morning of February 19, 1945, the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions invaded Iwo Jima after an ineffective 72-hour bombardment. The 28th Regiment of the 5th Division, was ordered to capture Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21 and, by nightfall the next day, had almost completely surrounded it. On the morning of February 23, Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top. At about 10:30 am men all over the island were thrilled by the sight of a small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi. That afternoon, when the slopes were clear of enemy resistance, a second, larger flag was raised in the same location.

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The 5th Marine Division Memorial, at the U.S. flag-raising site on , Iwo Jima.

" Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's photo of the flag-raising in the battle for Iwo Jima evoked an immediate and positive reaction that has withstood the test of time, and therefore allows exploration of visual imagery in the formation of public culture"(.Mitchell 2011)

Joe Rosenthal – Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. Written by


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To learn more about what the fighting conditions were like at Iwo Jima and why the flag-raising was such an important symbol during the battle, explore the oral histories of two Marines who fought on the island, and Medal of Honor recipient . Check out the Museum’s and , as well as historic photographs and other interviews on website, too.

An Analysis of One of the Most Famous Photographs in History Taken by Joe Rosenthal At the Battle of Iwo Jima

Mia Rosenthal received her B.F.A. in illustration from Parsons The New School for Design and her M.F.A. from PAFA. Her work is found in various private and public collections, and has appeared in numerous exhibitions. Rosenthal is represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. Artblog’s Rachel Heidenry after she received the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship that led to this Morris Gallery exhibition.

Joe Rosenthal | An Understanding of Photography

The National WWII Museum’s Annual Student Essay contest will officially begin on January 5, 2015! This year’s middle and high school essay contest prompt, “How do you define a hero?” was inspired by the upcoming 70th anniversary of the iconic flag raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima. The six men who helped to raise the flag in the midst of battle on February 23, 1945, are often referred to as heroes. Three of them, John Bradley, Ira Hayes (Pima) and Rene Gagnon, survived the war while the remaining three, Sgt. Michael Strank, Pfc. Frank Sousley, and Corporal Harlon Henry Block, were either killed on Iwo Jima or died before the war had ended. One of the survivors, Ira Hayes, was repeatedly asked by admirers if he considered himself to be a hero as a result of his wartime actions. Hayes replied:

BBC ON THIS DAY | 23 | 1945: US flag raised over Iwo Jima

70 years ago today, photographer captured a photograph of six US soldiers raising a flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. That photo (shown above), became an instant iconic image — these days we would say it “went viral” — and was published in thousands of publications around the world.