Marine Corps Memorial

-The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful Nation’s esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most iconic photos of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States, since 1775.

-The Marine Corps War Memorial depicts the raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi on 23 February 1945 by U.S. Marines in World War II during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

These were the soldiers that rose the flag.

Name                                    Rank                                  Hometown                        Michael Strank*                    Sergeant                              Conemaugh, PA                      Harlan H. Block*                  Corporal                               Weslaco, TX                            Franklin R. Sousley*            Private First Class                 Ewing, KY                                   Rene A. Gagnon                 Private First Class                 Manchester, NH                          Ira Hayes                            Private First Class                 Bapchule, AZ                            John H. Bradley      Pharmacists Mate Second Class     Appleton, WI                          

Those names marked with an * were killed during the later phases in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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