Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima

As this more recent photograph shows, Mount Suribachi dominates the island and was thus a key strategic objective of the initial assault.

The photograph was taken by a young Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal. He would later be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the photo.

Joe Rosenthal, AP

There was initial confusion about the fates and names of the men pictured in the iconic photo. This early infographic, contained incorrect names for some of the six men.