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By morning of the fifth day of the battle (February 23), Mount Suribachi was effectively cut off from the rest of the island—above ground. By then, the Marines knew that the Japanese defenders had an extensive network of below-ground defenses, and knew that in spite of its isolation above ground, the volcano was still connected to Japanese defenders via the tunnel network. They expected a fierce fight for the summit. Two four-man patrols were sent up the volcano to reconnoiter routes on the mountain's north face. Popular legend (embroidered by the press in the aftermath of the release of the famous photo "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima") has it that the Marines fought all the way up to the summit. The American riflemen expected an ambush, but none materialized. The Marines did encounter small groups of Japanese defenders on Suribachi, but the majority of the Japanese troops stayed in the tunnel network. Occasionally the Japanese attacked in small groups and were generally all killed. The patrols made it to the summit and scrambled down again. They reported the lack of enemy contact to Colonel Chandler Johnson.
Johnson then called for a platoon of Marines to climb Suribachi. With them, he sent a small American flag to fly if they reached the summit. Again, Marines began the ascent, expecting to be ambushed at any moment. And again, the Marines reached the top of Mount Suribachi without incident. Using a length of pipe they found among the wreckage atop the mountain, the Marines hoisted the U.S. flag over Mount Suribachi, the first foreign flag to fly on Japanese soil. A photograph of this "first flag raising" was taken by photographer Louis R. Lowery. As the flag went up, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal had just landed on the beach at the foot of Mount Suribachi. He decided that he wanted the flag as a souvenir. Popular legend has it that Colonel Johnson wanted the flag for himself. In fact, he believed that the flag belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, who had captured that section of the island. He sent Sergeant Mike Strank (who was photographed in the Flag Raising picture) to take a second (larger) flag up the volcano to replace the first. As the first flag came down, the second went up. It was after the second flag went up that Rosenthal took the famous photograph "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" of the replacement flag being planted on the mountain's summit.
Originally posted by Nola213
Maybe you can cange the title (aside from two or three of the pictures you posted) to: What do history's most "trajic" photographs say about us?
Originally posted by VitalOverdose
The IWO Jima is a FAKE picture. lol typical americans.
Originally posted by Threadfall
reply to post by LiveForever8
I would like to state my opinion that only two, maybe three, of those photos you posted could be considered "iconic."
You simply gathered some of the most tragic and horrifying images you could gather, save a couple...
So of course they're going to leave a bad taste.
Originally posted by XXXN3O
If you think about it, why would humanity enslave itself, logically that does not make sense.
Originally posted by ZyPHeR
Bravo. We need more posts like this to remind us of who and what we are. We are animals. Brutal, stealing, killing... savage animals. But at the same time we have love, faith... hope... harmony. Yin and yang. It is amazing we can be so bad and yet, so good.
Starred and flagged. Great post.