Investigating Iwo: The Flag Raisings in Myth, Memory, & Esprit de Corps

Investigating Iwo: The Flag Raisings in Myth, Memory, & Esprit de Corps
Title:
Investigating Iwo: The Flag Raisings in Myth, Memory, & Esprit de Corps
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9780160953316
Description

No matter your age, you probably know about or have seen the iconic photograph of the American flag being raised by Marines on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, on 23 February 1945 taken by Associated Press photographer Joseph Rosenthal.  Behind the scenes, this photograph had been the subject of popular interest and scholarly debate. 

Perhaps you’ve visited or live near Washington D.C., and aware that this memorial statue is located in Arlington, VA. The historical significance of the magnificent bronze replica of that moment in U.S. military history has become the most important symbol of the Marine Corps (USMC).

Investigating Iwo: The Flag Raisings in Myth, Memory, & Esprit de Corps contains fourteen (14) chapters that evaluate the complex history and meaning of an event that many Americans have about the Marine Corps and World War II. The text provides historical information about World War II, especially the Marines’ efforts on Mount Suribachi and the Marines raising of the American flag.  It also provides background to many aspects of the investigation, such as:

  • Timeframes that the American flag was supplied to the Marines during World War II
  • Timeframes of Joe Rosenthal’s photograph –First or Second Flag Raising Dispute
  • Remembering the First Flag Raisers
  • Combat Photography Analysis
  • Oral Histories
  • Huly Panel and the Second Flag Raising
  • Personal Reflections about the Iwo Jima Memorial
  • And More

 

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi Iwo Jima and the Struggle for Historical Truth:

An Introduction xv

PART I: IN THE CAULDRON OF WAR

Chapter 1 Black Sand and Blood: The 36-day Battle for Iwo Jima, 5 

Chapter 2 Going to “Tojo’s Front Door”: Recalling the U.S. Army’s Role and the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima 27 

Marine Corps History Division Chapter 3 Time, Life, and the Flag Raisings on Iwo Jima  45 

Chapter 4 Raising Flags, Raising Funds: Promoting the “Mighty Seventh” War Loan 63 

PART II: MEMORY AND MEANING

Chapter 5 Did Joe Rosenthal Save the Marine Corps? The Existential Fight, 1943–52 85 

CONTENTS CONTENTS vi

Chapter 6 Politics in the Art of Portraiture: Felix de Weldon’s Marine Corps War Memorial 102 

Chapter 7 Another Country’s Flag, Another Country’s Servicemen: Rosenthal’s Photograph and Commemoration of the U.S. Marine Corps in Australia and New Zealand 120  

Chapter 8 How the Iwo Jima Memorial Became a Personal Mortuary Monument for My Japanese Mother 140 

PART III: RECOVERING THE PAST

Chapter 9 A Flag for Suribachi: The First and Forgotten Flag Raising on Iwo Jima 151  

Chapter 10 “Supplied Flag to Marines to Fly from Mt. Suribachi”: Confirming the Role of LST-779 in the Second Flag Raising 169 

Chapter 11 Genaust’s Motion Picture Footage: Lost in the Line of Duty  184

Chapter 12 Correcting the Record: The Huly Panel Looks at the Iwo Jima Flag Raisings 195 

 Chapter 13 “In Fairness to All Parties”: The Marine Corps Corrects the Historical Record  218 

PART IV: LEGACY

Chapter 14 Every Marine a Flag Raiser: The Legacy and Meaning of the Iwo Jima Flag Raisings 251 

Audience

Active and Veteran Members of the Marine Corps, families of those who fought in the Pacific during World War II, historians, instructors, and students of U. S. military history, relations between the U.S. and Japan during World War II and to the present, may be interested in this fascinating “turn of events” and associated publications.

Product Details

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USA Price:
$49.00
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Publisher:
Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps University, History Division
Author:
  • Robertson, Breanne
Key Phrases:
  • Marine Corps
  • Iwo Jima
  • Flag Raisings
  • World War II
  • Military History
  • Naval History
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Record Creation Date:
08/26/2019
Last Status Update:
11/23/2020
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