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I received an email from my co-worker whose uncle was at Iwo Jima and took a picture of the famous moment when the flag was raised with his own camera. He attached a copy of the photo and supplied some details to go with it. I attached his email (below) and the photo. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This is an unofficial picture of the flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, raised 2/23/1945. My Uncle, PFC Fred Dean, was there delivering supplies and retrieving wounded and dead when they weren't pinned down. He states the iconic picture we know was an AP photo op.
Photo was taken with an old Kodak "Brownie" camera. This was what it looked like moments after the pole was placed vertical from the opposite side of the crest of the mount. The first picture he took didn't turn out. It was the moment the flag pole got placed vertical. D-mn shame. Glad to have this one. Will be sending a copy to Parris Island. Grandson (Jeff Briggs Jr.) graduates 4/05/13. Grandma and Old Pops will be there.