Seventy years ago, U.S. Marines secured Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima, beginning a long and bloody fight for control of the World War II Japanese outpost.
- U.S. Marines switch out the smaller flag for a larger one during the battle at Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. (Bob Campbell / U.S. Marine Corp).
- The iconic Pulitzer Prize winning photo by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal was actually the second flag raised on Feb. 23, 1945 during the battle for Iwo Jima.
- U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division raise the American flag after capturing the 550-foot Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. (Joe Rosenthal / AP).
- Preparing to take a group photo in front of the flag atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. (Bob Campbell / U.S. Marine Corp).
- U.S. Marines gathered around the flag on Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. (Getty Images).
- Photographer Joe Rosenthal, left, takes a group shot of U.S. Marines after raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 194. (Bob Campbell / U.S. Marine Corp History).
- U.S. Marines raise the first U.S. flag on Iwo Jima in this photo by Navy photography Louis Lowery. (Louis Lowery / US Navy / Getty Images).
- U.S. Marines stand nearby the first flag raised on Feb. 23, 1945 in Iwo Jima. (Louis Lowery / US Navy / AP).
- U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, fifth division, cheer and hold up their rifles after raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. (Joe Rosenthal / AP).
AP marks 70th anniversary of famous Iwo Jima photo. Seventy years ago on Feb. 23, 1945, AP photographer Joe Rosenthal climbed Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The image he captured would become renowned beyond World War II, representing the service of America’s military members. Here is the story of that photo in Joe’s own words, watch this video: