Signed Photograph of The Battle of Iwo Jima

Accession number:

Joe Rosenthal

Historical period:
ca. 1945

Miltary branch:

Wars and Conflicts:


H x W: 24 in. / 20 in.

Acquisition date:
ca. 1985

Credit line:
Gift of Felix de Weldon



From ca. 1985: The Army and Navy Club, Gift of Felix de Weldon


This Iwo Jima photograph was signed upon arrival in Hawaii in April 1945 by surviving officers and noncommissioned officers of the 28th Marine Regiment, the unit that captured Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The last survivor among the men raising the flag was thought for years to be Navy Corpsman John “Doc” Bradley, who died of a stroke in Antigo, Wisconsin in January 1994. “I just jumped in and gave them a hand,” he said. “I just came along, I was in a certain place at a certain time.” Though a member of the combat patrol that raised the original, smaller U.S. flag, he was incorrectly identified as one of the six men raising a second, larger flag less than two hours later when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shot his iconic photo.