This "United News" Newsreels' historical
footage produced by the U.S. Office of War Information /
Overseas Operations Branch shows World War II scenes of the 5th Div.
Marines advancing on Iwo Jima behind artillery, naval, and
aerial bombardment ... and ending with the iconic raising of
the American Flag on 554 foot Mount Suribachi on February
23, 1945 with the associated photo taken by Joe Rosenthal.
The Pulitzer Prize winning photograph
depicts five United States Marines and a United States Navy
corpsman raising the U.S. flag. Three Marines depicted in
the photograph, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, and Michael
Strank, were killed in action over the next few days. The
three surviving flag-raisers were Marines Rene Gagnon, Ira
Hayes, and Navy corpsman John Bradley.