Monday, August 21, 2006

Iwo Jima photographer Joe Rosenthal, 1911-2006

Joe Rosenthal the photographer who took the Pulitzer Prize winning photo of the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima has passed.

photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, died Sunday. He was 94.

Rosenthal died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the San Francisco suburb of Novato, said his daughter, Anne Rosenthal.

"He was a good and honest man, he had real integrity," she said.
Rosenthal's iconic photo, shot on Feb. 23, 1945, became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The memorial, dedicated in 1954 and known officially as the Marine Corps War Memorial, commemorates the Marines who died taking the Pacific island in World War II.

streiff over at RedState has a good piece on Joe. As a former Marine this photo and subsequent Memorial hold a great deal of significance to me and my brothers in arms. Here’s to you Joe Rosenthal, for a long life and capturing a photo that mean so much to so many!

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