Originally Posted by diddyriddick
For the record....This was not the actual flag-raising. It was a staged pic after the actual event.
This in no way alters the achievement of the Marines on Suribachi, but does bring the ethics of the photographer into question.
For the record, this photo was not staged, but the following group shot was.
From Wikipedia: [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_the_Flag_on_Iwo_Jima"]Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
However, the photo was not without controversy. Following the second flag raising, Rosenthal had the Marines of Easy Company pose for a group shot, the "gung-ho
This was also documented by Bill Genaust.
A few days after the picture was taken, back on Guam, Rosenthal was asked if he had posed the photo. Thinking the questioner was referring to the 'gung-ho' picture, he replied "Sure." After that, [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sherrod"]Robert Sherrod[/ame], a Time-Life
correspondent, told his editors in New York that Rosenthal had staged the flag-raising photo. Time'
s radio show, 'Time Views the News', broadcast a report, charging that "Rosenthal climbed Suribachi after the flag had already been planted... Like most photographers [he] could not resist reposing his characters in historic fashion."