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Private First Class Ray Jacobs - someone you should know.

"...Marines on the ground, still engaged in combat, raised a spontaneous yell when they saw the flag. Screaming and cheering so loud and prolonged that we could hear it quite clearly on top of Suribachi..."

The first flagraising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). <br />
Photo by Lou Lowery. 10AM, Feb. 23, 1945

The first flagraising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). Photo by Lou Lowery. 10AM, Feb. 23, 1945

Remember the *1st* Iwo Jima flag raising? The one Joe Rosenthal *didn't* get a picture of? Nothing bad against Joe - he got the best one that day, no argument!

Private First Class Ray Jacobs was one of those flag-raisers. He didn't make it into the pictures. They were kind of busy, taking the island and all. They had other things on their mind, I'm guessing.

He died today.

The media hasn't noticed, yet. But we'll make sure they do.

PFC Ray Jacobs, one of the raises of the first flag raised on Iwo Jima.

So make a hole down there in Fiddler's Green! War hero, genuine, 1ea, Inbound

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance, In Memoriam.

12 Comments

Thank you for posting this, John. He will not be forgotten....
 
Thanks, John. May we never forget those who defend our freedom.
 
Thank you for the reminder. When they flew the flag, they flew it for everyone on the island, first time or last time. God grant him peace.
 
Semper Fi and God's Speed, Jim!
 
...well, at least the local media noticed last night...in, of all places, the SF Bay Area (Oakland, actually). He was an opinion broadcaster on KTVU TV for many years up until 1992. Today, they wouldn't let him any where near a microphone. Too American for this town!
 
I wish I had seen this earlier today - I would have forwarded it to some folks I know at one of the major Network news stations - don't know if they would have picked it up, but...
 
That's not tears, its something in my eye.."Semper Fi Mac"
 
I met Ray August of 2006 at the 57th reunion of the Iwo survivors. I can not believe he has passed away. He seemed like a man in his mid 50s. Those Marines can fool ya! God Bless all of our troops. You are all heroes. Here is a picture of Ray that I took. http://www.pbase.com/ethanbird/image/66481574/medium.jpg Here are all of the pictures I took of the Reunion. http://www.pbase.com/ethanbird/heros_of_iwo_jima__57th_annual_reunion Regards, Ethan Tweedie
 
Came here from National Review Online. Thanks for posting this. Uncommon valor truly was a common attribute on that island. These men, their comrades, and those who went before, came after, or serve today are truly owed a debt that can never be repaid.
 
They were all heroes on that island.
 
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. It is inevitable, as we all shall also pass one day. But darned; so many heroes are moving on, all at once.
 
May God bless Ray Jacobs and hold this brave Marine in the palm of His hand for ever.