Michael Strank, born in Jarabina, Czecho-Slovakia (now Slovakia), fought in Iwo Jima during WWII. He was photographed in the iconic image of six marines raising the American flag after the battle was won.
There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.
Cpl. Charles Lindberg carried a flamethrower. He was one of the six Marines who raised the first American flag over the historic Iwo Jima battlefield. Years later he was still unhappy about the lack of recognition the first flag-raisers received for their efforts