October sixteen, 2019 | 9:55pm
| Updated October sixteen, 2019 | 10:47pm
A unique hero has been named as one of many six Marines famously photographed raising the American flag over Iwo Jima all over WWII — as the Marines Corps on Wednesday admitted it misidentified a 2nd member of the neighborhood, in step with a file.
An investigation by the Marines and the FBI’s Digital Evidence Laboratory confirmed what three historians already suspected — that Cpl. Harold “Pie” Keller, no longer Pfc. Rene Gagnon, was one of many jarheads captured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, NBC Recordsdata experiences.
“With out the initiative and contributions of both deepest historians devoted to preservation of our historical previous and the FBI’s Digital Evidence Laboratory, the Marine Corps would no longer relish this probability to magnify on the historical legend of the 2nd flag raising on Mount Suribachi,” the Marine Corps suggested the outlet in a commentary.
“No topic who was in the photograph, each and each Marine who set foot on Iwo Jima, or supported the effort from the sea and air across the island is, and continuously will likely be, a ingredient of our Corps’ cherished historical previous,” the Marines’ commentary persevered.
The image was taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal on Feb. 23, 1945. It exhibits the Marines raising the American flag atop Japan’s Mount Suribachi all over the Battle of Iwo Jima.
The mishap comes three years after the misidentification of a undeniable flag-raiser was corrected by the Marine Corps.
Historians Stephen Foley, Dustin Spence and Brent Westemeyer concluded that Keller was among the Marines in the enduring photo by the usage of film footage from atop Mount Suribachi and photos taken by other squaddies, the file said.
Keller, who died of a heart assault in 1979 at the age of fifty seven, by no means printed that section of his historical previous to his household.
“We knew he fought in the battle, we knew he was wounded in the shoulder at one point … However he didn’t remark us he helped elevate the flag on Mount Suribachi,” Keller’s daughter, Kay Maurer, 70, suggested NBC Recordsdata. “He by no means spoke about any of this after we had been rising up.”