USMC: Wrong man got credit in Iwo Jima flag-raising photo

Joe Rosenthal/AP Photo, File
Joe Rosenthal/AP Photo, File

USMC: Wrong man got credit in Iwo Jima flag-raising photo

by: Tara Copp | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Pfc. Harold Schultz was actually one of the Marines who raised the American flag over Iwo Jima in 1945 in what is considered “the most famous war photograph,” the Marines acknowledged Thursday.

The photo captured the imagination of the nation at the time, Marines raising the flag atop Mt. Suribachi during the World War II battle to control the Pacific Ocean island. The men who were identified in the image went on a U.S. tour and were hailed as heroes. But Schultz was not part of that celebration. Instead, Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class John Bradley was identified as the servicemember in the photo not Schultz. Bradley’s life inspired the book and movie “Flags of Our Fathers.”

Schultz died in 1995 without being recognized as the Marine in the iconic photo.

Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, launched an investigation into the accuracy of the photograph after two researchers raised questions about whether the identities were correct. A panel determined it was Schultz after reviewing related images and film.

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