“We found a water pipe, tied the flag to it and put it up. Then all hell broke loose below. Troops cheered, ships blew whistles, some men openly wept.” ~ Corporal Charles W. Lindbergh

On this day 72 years ago, Marines raised the American flag Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. This was not only a massive win for America but a tough battle fought by Marines that would result in being known as one of the toughest battles in Americas history during WWII.

Todays Marines meet Iwo Marines and are in awe of their tenacity and bravery. Fighting in some of the most austere conditions known to man. Battling a ruthless enemy, we are still today impressed on how they overcame their struggles and the enemy. Consequently, they Iwo Marines say the same about your Marines today. We defer to those Iwo Marines as setting the standard, trust me.

Onlookers cheered as the assault platoon fought to the summit and raised a small flag. Later that day, different troops raised a larger flag while others respectfully lowered the original. Several combat photographers captured these stirring events on film, but Joe Rosenthal’s snapshot of the men struggling to raise the second flag in a stiff wind became an enduring symbol of American resolve.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps has both flags in our collection. Visitors can view the second flag raised on Mount Suribachi (seen in this video) in our WWII Gallery. It is on display every day. (National Museum of the Marine Corps)

Time for a C-Gar!

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