Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, which depicts six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II.
For decades the European dimension has utterly dominated the national narrative of America's role in history's greatest war. The average American memory of the Asian-Pacific war seldom ventures beyond Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, and Hiroshima — if that far.
Absent is much context of the larger picture of the war, like strategy, the campaigns fought by the U.S. Army and Australians, or even the air and sea battles fought by the Navy in conjunction with the Marines' struggles ashore.
Context is everything in understanding the small pieces of the puzzle that we hold. Here are some videos that will hopefully add to that missing context.
A group of 17 World War II veterans traveled back to the Pacific Islands they helped liberate 70 years ago, the islands where they watched so many of their friends die.
We were invited along on the journey, too. FOX31's Jeremy Hubbard, traveling some 7,000 miles from Colorado with the soldiers, sailors and marines.
The trip, sponsored by a Denver charity called "The Greatest Generations Foundation" flies World War II veterans all around the globe so they can return to the battlefields where they once served.
A one hour documentary which outlines the Pacific Campaign, from the fleet-versus-fleet conflict and the carrier war in the Coral Sea, Midway and the Marianas, through Marine’s Island-hopping campaign, culminating with the surrender of Japan.