Joe Rosenthal, 1911-2006
The photographer who captured one of the most well known images of all time passed away this week. Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press was on the little Pacific island of Iwo Jima in February 1945 when the U.S. Marines captured the island from the Japanese. As a group of five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raised a second and larger flag on Mount Suribachi for all to see on 23 February 1945, Rosenthal took the immortal photo that, 61 years later, still brings a tear to any Patriot’s eye. We thank God for those men who fought for our liberty, just as our Patriot Armed Forces do today.