back when I was about nine, that photo with that hill and that flag was one of the earliest images and impressions I had of the second world war, and I didn't have first hand accounts like from a daddy or uncle because they were about nine on VJ day, so .......................... that flag and other questions put me into books, that second great war began my reading skills and embarked me upon a lifetime of reading and model building (only back then as a kid, I'm not in the league of this air force pilot guy you see around building those wonderful star trek models ) on world war two; ........... I spent all my teen years, besides baseball and school and traveling, reading and learning and digging and delving into the RAF and the Big red one, and the marines and troops hitting Okinawa and Battle of the Bulge and Monty and Patton and all that: but that photo right there kicked me off on it, when you're nine and you see a photo it can go in and then go out, or it can stay and get you diggin in deep ...... so that guy can know that many of us really 'got' his photo
I still yet have to read that new book, honour the flag or whatever it's called, and the new movie which I'll see even Though I'm not Keen on the star of it, it's Franco isn't it? from Spiderman? or is he Flyboys? or is he both?
but I will read that book, library has five of em, I can get one, not only tells that week on Iwo but what happened to them after.