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Friday, August 01, 2008

IWO JIMA FLAG RAISER GETS HIS CITIZENSHIP PAPERS…

They were presented to his sister 63 years after the flag raising. U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Michael Strank, an immigrant from Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia), died shortly after the flag raising. He was killed by an artillery shell during Iwo Jima mop-up operations. After initial burial on Iwo Jima, he was later reburied at Arlington National Cemetery.

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