"Iwo Jima" Original Signatures of Flag Raisers and Photographer

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Raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a United States Navy hospital corpsman raising the U.S. Flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in Japan.

The photograph was extremely popular, being reprinted in thousands of publications.  Later, it became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the United States as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war, and quite possibly the most reproduced photograph of all time.  Three Marines depicted in the photograph, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, and Michael Strank, were killed in action over the next few days.  The three surviving flag-raisers were Marines Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, and Navy hospital corpsman John Bradley. The latter three became celebrities after their identifications in the photograph and toured the country in an effort to help boost morale for the war effort.
This Very Rare original signature set by Rene GagnonIra HayesJohn Bradley and photographer Joe Rosenthal has been custom framed with laser-cut graphics, legendary photos and laser-etched biographical nameplate.

 

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