Seventy years ago, four days after the landing on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press said he heard a rumor “about some guys going up the volcano to replace the American flag flying there with a bigger one.” When he got to the top, Rosenthal says, “I stacked a couple of rocks to stand on because there was some brush in front of me. Sergeant Bill Genaust, with his movie camera, moved in across in front of me and then looked back to ask if he was in my way. I assured him that he was not. While we were playing Alphonse and Gaston, they started to put the flag up, and we just turned and pushed the button.”
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