The Historic Flag on Iwo Jima

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Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 m (545 ft) Mount Suribachi by five U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy battlefield Hospital Corpsman immortalized the battle of Iwo Jima, Japan (Wikipedia).

A tribute

This piece is a tribute to an American soldier who was given the distinct honor of having provided the 37-square foot American flag in the famous flag-raising at Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. The soldier referred to is Alan Wood, a WW2 veteran and Naval Officer, who died April 18, 2013, according to his son Steven Wood, at age 90 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, California.
Navy Officer Wood, his comrades-in-arms, and the entire allied forces who have seen action in Japan during WW2 may now be resting in peace, but their struggle to establish peace, order and democracy still rings for all freedom-loving peoples today.

Source: Navy officer who provided flag for famous Iwo Jima shot dies at 90 ...

Wood provided the flag ask of him

Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima’s shores Feb. 23, 1945 when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag that he could find.
He kept a 37-square-foot flag he had found months before in a Pearl Harbor Navy depot.
After five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island, U.S. forces had managed to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist the American flag, Navy Officer Alan Wood had provided.
It took 5 marines and a Navy Corpsman to raise the flag in a stirring moment captured by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Source: / ... stirring moment captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. Steven Wood says his father was always humbled by his small role in the historic ...

Steven Wood recalls his father's role

Steven Wood says his father was always humbled by his small role in the historic moment.
In a 1945 letter to a Marine general who asked for details about the flag, Wood wrote: “The fact that there were men among us who were able to face a situation like Iwo where human life is so cheap, is something to make humble those of us who were so very fortunate not to be called upon to endure such hell.”

Source: Iwo Jima flags are conserved /

Host of claimants

In its story on Wood’s death, the Los Angeles Times reported that over the years others have claimed that they provided the flag, but retired Marine Col. Dave Severance, who commanded the company that took Mount Suribachi, said in an interview last week that it was Wood.
“I have a file of more than 60 people who claim to have had something to do with the flags,” he said from his home in La Jolla, California.
Wood went on to work as technical artist and spokesman at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge.
His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1985. Besides his son, Wood was survived by three grandchildren.
Alan Wood who provided the American Flag that was hoisted on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945, passed away on April 18, 2013 at age 90.

Source: ... retired Colonel Dave Severance. (L) An image of Severance in uniform. (R) Severance at his home in La Jolla in February 2015.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, it was a great battle and I remember that Clint Eastwood made a lovely movie on this

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author avatar n.c.radomes
15th Mar 2015 (#)

STEVE, thanks again for the favors.
MADAN, I never tire reading exploits of veterans who have undergone baptism of fire; they're consolation to the intrepid young men and women who are today serving in the battlefront.

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