- Lieutenant General Robert B. Neller
As new questions arise about an iconic photograph depicting American Marines raising a flag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi in 1945, the commandant of the Marine Corps said the heroism of the troops present that day remains unchanged.
Speaking at a Marine Corps Association awards dinner May 5, Gen. Robert Neller addressed the Corps’ review of Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s famous image of the Iwo Jima flag raising.
Marine officials announced earlier in the week they were reviewing information provided by the Smithsonian Channel that suggested two of the men in the photograph were misidentified, and that one was actually not part of the flag-raising group.
"We’re in the processing of trying for the historical record to determine who really were those men," Neller said. "And I can tell you this: We’re going to make our best effort to do that and we’ll coordinate with everybody," Neller said. "But at the end of the day, I can tell you this: we know that all the people we believe were there, were on that hill. All. So they all did their duty."
Neller noted that the flag-raising caught on camera by Rosenthal was actually the second of the day, and the one that received the least…