GI's raising the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi. Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945.
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Black and white image of men raising the American flag on Iwo Jima

Credit: Courtesy Library of Congress

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's photograph of GIs raising the American flag at Iwo Jima is one of the most famous and enduring images in American history. One of the six young men raising the flag that day was Michael Strank, a Czech-born Marine sergeant from Johnstown, PA.

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