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75th Anniversary: Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi

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  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
75th Anniversary: Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi
Posted by GAF on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:30 AM

First Flag Raising

Thought I would note the flag raising that occurred 75 years ago today during the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Two flags were raised, the second creating one of the most iconic photos of World War 2, and etching the United States Marines forever into world history.

Second Flag Raising

"HEY!  WAIT A MINUTE!  The flag raising occurred on the 23rd of February, not the 22nd!"

I hear you, and you would be correct.  Both flag raisings did occur on the 23rd of February... on Iwo Jima.  However, there's this thing called "the International Dateline" and that kinda throws our perception of days into confusion.

If my reckoning is correct, there's a 15 hour difference between Iwo Jima and Central Standard Time here in the states.  Now the first flag raising happened around 10:30 am on Iwo Jima on the 23rd, which means in the USA it would have occurred at about 7:30 pm CST of the 22nd.  The second flag raising happened somewhere (and the time is not certain) between Noon and 1:00pm, which means it would have been about 9:00 to 10:00pm here (CST).

Most people will be celebrating the 23rd as the date of the flag raising here in the states, and that's quite alright.  But you can hoist one to the Corps tonight if you're a mind, and you won't be wrong.  Big Smile

Take care and Semper Fi!



  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:54 AM

That is one thing I never thought about GAF, the time and date difference. Here's a follow up about the those brave Marines (and Navy Corpsman) flag raisers on that day:




Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:34 AM


Well, I'm always aware of time.  It passes so quickly now.  Big Smile

At least the Marines haven't forgotten.

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, February 23, 2020 10:09 AM
Time just seems to fly by now. It seems like it was the sixtieth anniversary not long ago. I think it was History Channel? (remember when they showed history?) had a documentary of the flag raising it was really fascinating.    


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