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"...Marines on the ground, still engaged in combat, raised a spontaneous yell when they saw the flag. Screaming and cheering so loud and prolonged that we could hear it quite clearly on top of Suribachi..."
The first flagraising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). Photo by Lou Lowery. 10AM, Feb. 23, 1945
Private First Class Ray Jacobs was one of those flag-raisers. He didn't make it into the pictures. They were kind of busy, taking the island and all. They had other things on their mind, I'm guessing.
He died today.
The media hasn't noticed, yet. But we'll make sure they do.
So make a hole down there in Fiddler's Green! War hero, genuine, 1ea, Inbound
Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance, In Memoriam.
A year ago Task Force Pathfinder lost its first Soldier Killed in Action. Remember Corporal Stephen Shannon.