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.
Pearl Harbor survivors acknowledge the crowd at a ceremony to observe the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP (Houston Chronicle)
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The December 8, 1941, edition of LIFE was printed in advance of Pearl Harbor but chillingly alluded to the looming conflict with Japan:
In his famous visit to FDR, the magazine said, Tokyo’s special envoy was told “frankly that Japan’s conquering course of empire had careened to its end, as far as the U.S. was concerned. Now a line was drawn, over which Japan cannot step without risk of war with the U.S….The stage was set for war, a distant, dangerous, hard, amphibious war for which the American nation was not yet fully prepared….”
Photo: A Japanese soldier stands guard over part of the captured Great Wall of China in 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Empire of Japan and the Republic of China had been at war intermittently since 1931, but the conflict escalated in 1937. (Library of Congress)
While waiting on the deck of his troop transport ship to load into a landing craft on the morning of D-Day Sergeant George Kobe, of Roanoke’s Company D, 116th Infantry, passed this dollar bill around gathering signatures from as many of his comrades as possible. At least six of the men who wrote their names (some are illegible) were killed later that day. Virginia National Guard Historical Collection
V-mail is inspected for flaws on an enlarging “reader” at the Pentagon building, Washington, D.C. V-mail is available to and from the armed forces stationed outside the United States. It is only 1/65th the weight of ordinary mail and saves ninety-eight percent of the cargo space required for ordinary letters. 1,600 letters can be placed on a roll of film little larger than a pack of cigarettes. (1943, Library of Congress)