Franklin Sousley is identified as one of six Marines who was photographed as being one of the famous Iwo Jima flag raisers.

Franklin Sousley is identified as one of six Marines who was photographed as being one of the famous Iwo Jima flag raisers.

Michael Strank; MOH recipient for sacrifice on Iwo Jima; flag raiser

Michael Strank; MOH recipient for sacrifice on Iwo Jima; flag raiser

Rene Gagnon. 1925-1979 Iwo Jima Flag Raiser. He carried the flag up MT. Suribachi

Rene Gagnon. 1925-1979 Iwo Jima Flag Raiser. He carried the flag up MT. Suribachi

The three surviving Iwo Jima flag-raisers in the White House with President Harry S. Truman, 1945

The three surviving Iwo Jima flag-raisers in the White House with President Harry S. Truman, 1945

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.

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.

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

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

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