73rd anniversary of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, Woody Williams MOH Recipient
- February 13, 2018
- Posted by: Myers Jackson
- Category: Americas Auctioneer
73rd anniversary of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima,
Woody Williams MOH Recipient
73rd anniversary of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, Friday, February 23, 2018. In 1945 on Mount Suribachi marines rose the American flag. Twice in the same day.
73rd anniversary of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima: By Peppi Hull
About the photo: This is an image of the second flag raising. Herschel “Woody” Willams is not in this photo. In fact he was busy on another part of the island fighting another battle. That day Corporal Herschel “Woody” William’s heroic acts earned him the Medal of Honor. “One evening in San Diego Mr. Williams inspected the photo and signed this version” says Myers Jackson. “I had just finished an auction for the benefit of Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and ask woody to take a look and he did” says Jackson.
More over , the United States Marines arrived in Iwo Jima in February of 1945 while advancing from island to island. Towering over the island at 546 feet in height is Mount Suribachi. Prior to the arrival of the Marines, the Japanese had been utilizing the volcanic cone as a vantage point. From Mount Suribachi they were alerting Japan of approaching American forces. However, the Marines’ capture of the mount would squelch the hub of Japanese advance notification. The capture was the first goal of the Marines. They successfully met that goal four days into battle. Thereafter it would benefit the Americans as a location for landing damaged bombers.
Also, a majority of fighting by the Japanese was done from below using underground bunkers. Pillboxes were also used. Pillboxes were made of concrete with only openings small enough to fire weapons. Sometimes tunnels would lead to these pillboxes. So although the Marines would empty one, the enemy was refilling it via those tunnels. Hershel Woody Williams would receive the Medal of Honor for his efforts during this battle. He had been using his flamethrower to eradicate enemy fire. Having recognized an air vent in a bunker he would insert his flamethrower into it, killing all inside.
Following the capture of the mount came the rising of the first U.S. flag on February 23rd. It took two hours to climb the mountain. Since the Japanese were under besiege the trek was relatively free of enemy involvement. Members of the coast guard and Marines saw the flag rise and broke out in cheer and celebration. This caught the attention of the Japanese and battle again ensued, yet the Marines regained control. The small flag (54in by 28in), though, was not visible to those on the north side of the mount. In effect, intense fighting carried on.
Consequently, there was a need for a larger flag to be risen. Orders were given to have a flag measuring 96in by 56in taken atop the mount to replace the smaller one. Sometime after noon, six marines rose that second flag. Those 6 marines were: Harlon Block, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Harold Schultz, Franklin Sousley and Michael Strank. Following them to the top was a photographer looking to capture images of the quest. Upon reaching the top, Joe Rosenthal was attempting to establish better and higher footing. About to miss the rising of the flag, Rosenthal quickly took the photograph.
As a matter of fact, a bronze statue depicting the image of the photograph is on display in Washington, D.C. It is the Marine Corps War Memorial. A dedication to the U.S. Marine Corps by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.
Was Signed in San Diego at the Ceremony Christening is the USNS Herschel Woody Williams