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Today In History: 71 Years Ago Today, U.S. Marines Raised American Flag Over Iwo Jima

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On February 23rd, 1945, five days into the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised the American flag over Mount Suribachi.

Legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite reported on the flag raising during a special report covering the battle. “On the fifth day, the Marines take Mount Suribachi,” he said, as military footage of the historic moment played on screen.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal was there to take what became one of the most iconic war photos in American history. More

 

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