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Posted by:badanov

#17  Can we say, for this image, its symbology and the following 60 years, there was indeed some Intelligent Design?
Posted by: Skidmark   2013-02-23 23:35  

#16  I had the pleasure of meeting one of the many sculptures(about 100) involved in that project. He lived near Peace Cross in Bladensburg Maryland. Thin man maybe 80 pounds. Long gray white beard and hair to his shoulders and lower. Clothes just rags hanging on him. He was dying of emphysema. He had a sketch of the memorial on his wall not framed. One corner turned under. His bed was a simple military cot with just one thin blanket. He told me his story. A small part anyway. Should you ever see the top most hand closely you will see its that of an old man. He said he made a copy of his hand for there. He died shortly later. OH, many will dispute this story but I am inclined to believe him. No one believes you even if you were there. I have seen that happen many times.
Posted by: Dale   2013-02-23 22:05  

#15  Bobby, could you repost the link for the son's book? It didn't work for me.
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-23 21:17  

#14   But perhaps TW did not know....

You are ever kindness itself, Bobby. TW did not know, as is so often the case. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-23 21:12  

#13  From US Naval Institute Proceedings: 'Photographer Joe Rosenthal admitted that when he took a shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on 23 February 1945, he had no idea that he had captured something extraordinary. He was setting up for a different shot when he spotted the group of men planting the flag and quickly took a snap without even looking through the viewfinder. The chance photo would become iconic overnight and go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.'
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-02-23 18:43  

Ballad of Ira Hayes, sung by Johnny Cash
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-02-23 18:29  

#11  Three of the six got off the island, but the one that went back to a reservation drank himself to death.

One - the Navy Corpsman - raised eight children, one of whom wrote an excellent book about the six.

I suppose many of you knew that, being military historians and such like. But perhaps TW did not know....
Posted by: Bobby   2013-02-23 17:34  

#10  If you haven't already, read "Flags of our Fathers", by James Bradley,son of PM2 John Bradley. It tells the life stories of the six flag raisers, plus the details of the Battle of Iwo Jima. PM2 Bradley got the Navy Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor) for his actions on Iwo. (Not for the flag raising). The book covers the stories of what happened to the three survivors as well.

The book also tells the stories of the first flag raisers. The iconic photograph was actually the second flag raised on Mt Suribachi. However, the flag was too small, so they ordered a larger flag to be raised.

Don't bother with Clint Eastwood's film, at least until you've read the book.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia   2013-02-23 17:25  

#9  No, Capt. Kangaroo was never on Iwo Jima and Lee Marvin got his "Million Dollar Wound" on Saipan.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC   2013-02-23 16:52  

#8  Most of the guys in that picture never got off the island.
Posted by: tu3031   2013-02-23 16:33  

#7  My Dad is near 90, he was (is LOL) in the 4th Division. He was on the plains below working a radio and laying way damn low. The 4th Division went back to Maui so shot up it was not capable of action for 6 months. Next stop was Operation Coronet. Ima way damn happy that didn't go down, for reasons obvious. I'm here.

Posted by: Shipman   2013-02-23 16:28  

#6  A great photograph, one for the ages. But truth be told the combat on Iwo was just getting cranked up.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-02-23 16:22  

#5  Hermosa nena mirando por decir lo menos, incluyendo su parte trasera, lo que bellos ojos
Posted by: Cleating Ebbavish1197   2013-02-23 16:19  

#4  68 years ago today...

Posted by: tu3031   2013-02-23 15:56  

#3  Most excellent link Mr. B.
Posted by: Dale   2013-02-23 07:17  

#2  A dog lover as well.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-23 01:34  

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Natalia Verbeke [Argentine][Filmography](age 37)

Hermosa Trasero

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC   2013-02-23 00:04