On this day 66 years ago, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the now iconic photo of five U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Division and one Navy corpsman raising the American flag (actually a second flag) on Mount Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II. The photo won Rosenthal a Pulitzer Prize in 1945 and may be the most reproduced photograph in history. The event was also covered by a Marine photographer Bob Campbell and a motion-picture cameraman William H. “Bill” Genaust.
The men depicted in the photo are Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, Michael Strank, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes. Sousley, Block and Strank were killed before the end of the battle.