Sixty-seven years ago today, photographer Joe Rosenthal trekked up a mountain alongside U.S. Marines and snapped this indelible scene on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Oddly enough, he had been rejected from military service for his poor eyesight, but today his vision is iconic.
In the summer of 2008, U.S. Marines found Smoke at Camp Taqaddum in Anbar province and immediately he became a favorite.
This week, Smoke arrived in New York and sometime midweek he’s expected to arrive at his new home in Omaha, Neb., where he will serve as a therapy animal for the Wounded Warrior Family Support organization.
"Once you met him and saw what a unique donkey he was, it was hard to say no to him," says Terri Crisp of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International. (via NPR)