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75 years since U.S. Marines raised American flag over Iwo Jima

Posted at 12:46 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 13:49:44-05

Feb. 23 marks 75 years since U.S. forces raised an American flag over Iwo Jima.

During a battle with Japanese forces in 1945 during World War II, six Marines raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi.

The iconic photo, taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, is credited with lifting American's hopes during World War II that victory would soon be achieved.

For many years there was confusion over the identities of the Marines in the photograph. ABC News reports they’re now identified as: Cpl. Harlon Block, Pfc. Harold Keller, Pfc. Ira Hayes, Pfc. Harold Schultz, Pfc. Franklin Sousley and Sgt. Michael Strank.