Alan Wood Man Who Supplied Flag at Iwo Jima Has Died

Alan Wood Man Who Supplied Flag at Iwo Jima Has Died

Man Who Supplied Flag at Iwo Jima Has Died

The Associated Press is reporting that Alan Wood died April 18th, at the age of 90.

One of the most famous pictures of WWII, which was made into numerous statues, large and small, is the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.  Mr.Alan Wood Man Who Supplied Flag at Iwo Jima Has Died Wood was the man who supplied the flag.

A Marine asked then 22 year old Naval Officer Wood to find “the biggest flag he could get”.  He had a 37 square foot flag he found before Pearl Harbor was attacked in a Navy depot.

Five days of intense fighting had occurred until five Marines and a Navy corpsman were able to plant the flag on Mount Suribachi.  The moment was photographed by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Marine Col. Dave Severance, who commanded the company that took Mount Suribachi, said in an interview last week that it was Wood who supplied the flag.

“I have a file of more than 60 people who claim to have had something to do with the flags,” Severance said from his home in La Jolla, California.

Mr. Wood’s son, Steven said his father was proud to have been a small part of such an historic event.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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