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Today’s Twisted History notes

1945: The famous photo of the three G.I.’s raising U.S. flag on Iwo Jima is taken.

How many G.I.’s?

UPDATE: For more on the raising, and info on the “three” GIs who raised the flag, check this out. That site also has a lot of other pics, including the first Iwo Jima flag raising and other “behind the scenes” moments. Good stuff.


  1. Flags of Our Fathers’ is written by the guy who runs Iwojima.com. Great book. Marines GIs? Good way to get a fat lip.

  2. Good way to get a fat lip.’ Heh. A couple of weekends ago someone called a former Marine relative of mine an ‘old Army drill sergeant.’ The guy totally kept his cool, but you could see in his eyes that he wasn’t taking it real well. Self-disciple paid off, I guess. My brother and I took a step back, though. Just in case.

  3. There are no former Marines. Just Active, Reserve and Veteran Marines. Remember to down a cold one or two in celebration of this great date, regardless of your service. It was a Marine achievement yes, but it was an american achievement as well. S/F