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Original Iwo Jima monument
coming to NYC auction

Associated Press, by Ula Ilnytzky

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Posted By:markinalpine, 2/8/2013 10:23:57 AM

NEW YORK - A long-forgotten piece of America´s military history is going up for sale. The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million later this month at a New York auction dedicated to World War II artifacts. That such a statue even exists is news to all but the most ardent history buffs. Most Americans are familiar with the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. (snip) Less well-known is the 12 1/2-foot-tall statue created soon after the event.

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I´d heard about the two photographs taken of the event, the second be done because the flag used in the first shot was considered by the brass as too small, but I´d never heard of two monuments.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 2/8/2013 10:55:15 AM     (No. 9165569)

Annnnd the one at Paris Island, that all Marines must touch as they finish their last ruck march before graduation.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RedInTexas, 2/8/2013 11:35:10 AM     (No. 9165645)

The Marine Military Academy in Harlingen TX has the full size model that was used to create the molds in which the full size one was cast. It was there when my son attended MMA in the late 1980´s and I assume it is still there. He will soon leave his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan and then retire as LtCol in the Marine Corps. That school is excellent and feeds a lot of young men to our service academies.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 2/8/2013 12:56:14 PM     (No. 9165840)

Good to know about this.

OP: I´ve also read there were two raisings of the American Flag on Suribachi. The first was done "ASAP" to let the Japanese know the mountain had fallen to the US Marines. Yes, a smaller flag went up first.

The second raising, with the larger flag, was said to have been done as soon as incoming fire was "suppressed" sufficiently to allow it to be done in relative safety. And very fortunately, we got the truly iconic image from a bit of movie film shot of the event.

I rather doubt the larger flag went up because some brass hat saw a photo and declared a bigger flag necessary. In those days, it took a while for an image to go from lens to film to screen [or still print] to audience.

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