75 years ago today U.S. Marines braved Iwo Jima, captured iconic photo

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(AP) — On February 23, 1945, 33-year old AP photographer Joe Rosenthal captured what may be the most famous photograph of World War II: an image of six U.S. Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.

When the fighting ended on March 26, 1945, the Marines had suffered 26,000 casualties with 6,281 dead. Of the 22,060 Japanese soldiers defending the island, 18,844 died in the fighting or by suicide.

In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe Rosenthal, of the Associated Press, photographer with the wartime still picture pool, looks over the scene at Iwo Jima, Japan on March 7, 1945, from which he has sent some of the most graphic pictures of the Pacific war. (AP Photo/U.S. Marine Corps)

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