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Joe Rosenthal, Iwo Jima Photographer

Joe Rosenthal, the photographer who took the famous photo of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima, has died at age 94.

Here’s the full obituary from The New York Times. (Free registration required.) The Times notes, “He had been rejected for military service because of abysmally poor eyesight, but in one-four-hundredths of a second — the shutter timing on his Speed Graphic camera — Joe Rosenthal took the most famous photograph of the Second World War.”

Side note: The Marine Corps Memorial near Arlington Cemetery, which replicates the flag-raising scene in Rosenthal’s photo, is by decree of John F. Kennedy one of the few places in America where the flag can be flown 24 hours a day.

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