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Sunday, March 1, 2015
March 1st, 1945
One of the six men in Rosenthal's famous photo was killed by mortar fire on March 1st, 1945. Cpl. Harlon Block never saw the picture, never knew anything about the iconic photograph. He died leading a squad during an attack on Nishi Ridge.
The battle for the island was already three days past the one week estimate made before the landing.