Iwo Jima Flag
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12 Nov 2002 19:09 PST
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Question ID: 106554
There were two flags raised by the Marines on Mt Suribachi. The one in the famous photo and the one raised before that one. I know what happened to the famous one, it wsa torn to shreads by the weather as the fighting raged below...at least that's what happened to it according to the book Flags of Our Fathers. What happened to the first, not so famous flag and where is it now?
Re: Iwo Jima Flag
Answered By: sgtcory-ga on 12 Nov 2002 20:00 PST
Hello, This is a great question. Being a former Marine of 9 years (very recent I might add), I started racking my brain. I didn't seem to recall the first one being destroyed. My intuition payed off. The flag was indeed damaged severely, but it was saved. In fact both flags were saved and reside together. You will find both flags on display at the Marine Corps Museum in Washington.(D.C.) Here is a Google cached link to the official U.S. Marine Corps site, with a description of the Marine Corps museum display: Marine Corps Museum Iwo Jima flag reference http://www.usmc.mil/historical.nsf/504b783c5a9b2565852566a400567f79/940994a8d830502b8525664e00518f00?OpenDocument Please read the following site, that makes mention of the same book that you have read, and credits it's writings with the myth : Iwo Jima Flags http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/flagfamo.html Excerpt from site above "Both of the Iwo Jima Flags raised in Feb. of 1945 by the Easy Co of the 28th Marine Rgt. are in the U.S.M.C. Museum Washington Navy Yard. They were both recently conserved by the noted textile conservator Fonda Thompson." A couple more sources to confirm our findings: Iwo Jima Bond http://www.iwojima.com/bond/ Let's Go Washington http://www.letsgo.com/DC/05-museums-109 To help with this answer I searched Google for: marine corps museum "iwo jima" flags ://www.google.com/search?q=marine+corps+museum+%22iwo+jima%22+flags Thanks for the great history trip and Semper Fi! SgtCory (USMC Sgt)
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