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Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 1945

The most famous picture to come out of World War II or any war for that matter - taken by photographer Joe Rosenthal on Iwo Jima on this date 70 years ago today - February 23, 1945.

The front four are - left to right: Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley, Harlon Block.
The back two are Sgt. Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley).
Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly after this picture was taken. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon  went on to become national heroes with weeks.

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