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`STARS & STRIPES SAUTES `IWO JIMA FLAG RAISING HEROES/1945



Alan Wood, WWII Vet Who Provided Iwo Jima Flag, Dies
At Age 90.

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`Today, Stars&Stripes`  Salutes The USA Flag Raising on Iwo Jima /`1945`
          When asked for the biggest flag he could find,
 Alan Wood handed over a large one he'd found earlier
in a Pearl Harbor Navy depot.

                    LOS ANGELES —  Alan Wood, a World War II veteran
credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising
on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90.

                    Wood died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home,
his son, Steven Wood, said Saturday.

                    Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications
on a landing ship on Iwo Jima's shores Feb. 23, 1945,
 when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag he could find.

                    After five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island,
 U.S. forces had managed to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist an American flag.
                    
Wood happened to have a 37-square-foot flag he had found months before
in a Pearl Harbor Navy depot.
          


                              WWII vet who provided Iwo Jima flag dies:
<br/> US Marines raise an American flag provided by 22-year-old Navy officer Alan Wood.AP Photo: Joe Rosenthal, File. WWII vet
who provided Iwo Jima flag dies: US Marines raise an American flag provided by 22-year-old Navy officer Alan Wood on Feb. 23, 1945, atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, an island of Japan.

                    Five Marines and a Navy Corpsman later raised that flag
in a stirring moment captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.
                    Steven Wood said his father was always humbled by his small role
 in the historic moment.
          
          In a 1945 letter to a Marine general who asked for details about
the flag, Wood wrote: "The fact that there were men among us who were able
 to face a situation like Iwo where human life is so cheap, is something
 to make humble those of us who were so very fortunate not to be called upon
 to endure such hell."

                    In its story on Wood's death, the Los Angeles Times reported
that over the years others have claimed that they provided the flag,
 but retired Marine Col. Dave Severance, who commanded the company that took
 Mount Suribachi, said in an interview last week that it was Wood.
                    "I have a file of more than 60 people who claim to have had something
to do with the flags," he said from his home in La Jolla, Calif.
                    
Wood went on to work as technical artist and spokesman
at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

Source Transcripts: MSN NEWS
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`ON YOUR SHORE`
~+~
I laid down my life on shore
Why couldn't I have done more
My sacrifice has not changed a thing
As my brothers still do hear
bullets ring  
~+~
I say lay down your arms today
Get down on your knees and pray
Freedom's here in God's heaven above
When you send the world all of
His Love
~+~
`author unknown`

"Dedicated by author of Stars&Stripes
To All Families Of Fallen Heroes Throughout History!"
"God Bless Us One and All!
Thank~You
'In God We Trust!
Stars and Stripes
Forever May They Wave!
©2011
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"Dedicated by author of Stars&Stripes
To All Families Of Fallen Heroes Throughout History!"
"God Bless Us One and All!
Thank~You
'In God We Trust!
Stars and Stripes
Forever May They Wave!
©2011
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