'Iwo Jima' and the other captivating work of Joe Rosenthal

Iconic WWII Photos Joe Rosenthal
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'Iwo Jima' and the other captivating work of Joe Rosenthal

On February 23, 1945 Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured perhaps the most memorable image of World War II when he photographed a group of U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific.

The photo inspired Americans back home, and revived the spirits of a war-weary nation who had no way of knowing they would emerge victorious within a matter of months.

The moment captured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" went on to have a new life when Felix de Weldon used it as the basis for his sculpture at Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

But while it may be his most famous, "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" was far from the only impressive image Rosenthal snapped while covering that war. See more of those images in the gallery above.

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