On this day in 1945, Marines from 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment, 5th Division of the United States Marines Corps raised the American flag on the summit of the 500′ high Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
A second flag was later raised and photographed.
22,000 Japanese defended Iwo Jimo. Only 200 were taken alive. 6000 Marines died and 17000 were wounded.