70th Anniversary of Joe Rosenthal's Iwo Jima

On Feb. 23, 1945, a 33-year-old Associated Press photographer who had been rejected from the Army because of poor eyesight took a photograph that would ultimately become one of the most recognizable and reproduced images in history. The photographer was Joe Rosenthal; his image depicted five Marines and a Navy corpsman hoisting an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi on the fifth day of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Joe Rosenthal’s photograph made the front page of several major U.S. newspapers, Sunday, Feb. 25, 1945.



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