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Iwo Jima Flag Raiser

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Birth:
10 Nov 1919 2
Jarabenia, Czechoslovakia 3
Death:
01 Mar 1945 1
Iwo Jima, Japan 1
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Four of the Flag Raisers (Bradley, Hayes, Sousley & Strank) appear with their buddies
Four of the Flag Raisers (Bradley, Hayes, Sousley & Strank) appear with their buddies
Source: http://www.iwojima.com/raising/l721flag.gif
Here's Rosenthal snapping a posed shot minutes after the second flag raising.
Here's Rosenthal snapping a posed shot minutes after the second flag raising.
Source: http://www.iwojima.com/raising/raisingb.htm
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Mike Strank led the team of Marines up Mt. Suribachi to plant the American flag.
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World War II Iwo Jima Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients; Ira Hamilton Hayes, Michael Strank, Harlon H. Block, Franklin R. Sousley, Rene A. Gagnon and John H. Bradley Source: http://www.medalofhonor.com/IwoJimaFlagRaisers.jpg
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First flag raising on Iwo Jima, not the famous flag raising with the larger American flag. Source: US Marine Corps
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"Flag raising on Iwo Jima." Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press, February 23, 1945. 80-G-413988. (ww2_156.jpg)
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
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Iwo Jima Flag
Iwo Jima Flag
The American flag pictured in 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' by Joe Rosenthal Located in: National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center Damage to the flag is from high winds at the peak of Mount Suribachi.
Iwo Jima Flag Raising
Iwo Jima Flag Raising

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Birth:
10 Nov 1919 2
Jarabenia, Czechoslovakia 2
Male 2
Death:
01 Mar 1945 3
Iwo Jima, Japan 3
Cause: Motar Shell 3
Burial:
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC 3
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Birth:
Mother: Martha Strank 2
Father: Vasil Strank 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Service Start Date:
1939 1
Service End Date:
1945 1
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Military Awards:
American Campaign Service Medal: 1942 4
American Defense Service Medal: "Base" clasp 4
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal: 4 Battle Stars 4
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal: 1943 4
Presidential Unit Citation: Iwo Jima 4
Purple Heart: 01 Mar 1945 4
WWII Victory Medal: 1945 4
Became a Sergeant in the Marine Corps:
26 Jan 1942 2
Enlisted in the regular Marine Corps:
06 Oct 1939 2
Graduated High School:
1937 2
Landed on Iwo Jima:
19 Feb 1945 2
Raised in:
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 2

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Iwo Jima Flag Raiser

Iwo Jima, Japan

Four of the Flag Raisers (Bradley, Hayes, Sousley & Strank) appear with their buddies
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During the Battle of Iwo Jima, Sgt. Michael Strank led five men up Mount Suribachi to plant the American flag for all U.S. troops to see. Michael was born in Czechoslovakia in 1919 and came to America with his parents, growing up in Pennsylvania. He liked school and played the French horn. Before joining the military, he worked as a coal miner. He joined the Marine Corps at 20 and quickly advanced to the rank of sergeant. His captain tried to promote Mike before Iwo Jima, but he wanted to stay with the men he had trained. In the famous photo of the flag raising, Mike’s right hand is the only hand not on the flag pole. His hand is on Franklin Sousley, helping him support the heavy pole. Mike led his team successfully atop Mount Suribachi, but he didn’t leave Iwo Jima alive. Sgt. Strank died on Iwo Jima on March 1, 1945, when he was hit by a mortar shell. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He will forever be remembered as a true patriot, sacrificing himself for the flag he honored.

 

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