Monday, August 21, 2006

In Memoriam

This weekend saw the passing of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Joe Rosenthal. He was 94 years old. The above picture of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi snagged the Pulitzer for Mr. Rosenthal. It depicts five Marines and one US Navy corpsman raising the second flag even as the fight still rages. Before the island of Iwo Jima was declared secured, three of the men in this photo would be dead along with over 6000 fellow Marines and over 20,000 Japanese defenders. It helped the seventh war bond tour become the Miracle Seventh as this picture rallied Americans to dig a bit deeper and buy more war bonds. This photo also became the basis of the Marine Corps War Memorial next to Arlington Cemetery.

"He was a good and honest man, he had real integrity," daughter Anne Rosenthal


atheling2 said...

That photo never fails to move me.

May he rest in peace.

Anna said...

His legacy will live on not only in his photograph, but also the Memorial based on that photograph.

Anna said...

Joe Rosenthal was a true hero. In stark contrast to Hajj and others who 'reported' the conflict in Lebanon.

I fear people of the caliber of Joe Rosenthal are very rare, which is truly sad.