Marine Sergeant Michael Strank of Johnstown, PA, circa 1944.
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Black and white photograph of Michael Strank in his uniform.

Credit: United States Marines

Born in Czechoslovakia, Michael Strank grew up in Johnstown, PA, and joined the Marine Corp in 1939. A veteran of the Battle of Bougainville, Strank was killed soon after helping place the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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