Iwo Jima – Feburary 23, 1945

  • The flag was planted on top of Mt. Suribachi with little resistance…at first.
  • The flag pole was actually an iron rod salvaged from a cistern found on the mountain
  • Staff Sergeant Low Lowry was a staff photographer for Leatherneck magazine and took the first picture. After attacked by the Japanese he dropped and broke the camera, but the exposed film was salvageable.
  • While they were retrieving the camera a sword-wielding Japanese officer attacked and was killed by a .45 shot to the head.
  • The flag was replaced by a larger one, and this larger flag is the one in the famous picture.
  • Iwo Jima was not in the main theater of the war, but proved to be an important moment in the war.