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Misidentified Iwo Jima Flag-Raiser Recognized, Memorial Funding Underway

Henry and Brownells join forces to offer exclusive rifles - available on Flag Day - to fund Harold “Pie” Keller monument.

Misidentified Iwo Jima Flag-Raiser Recognized, Memorial Funding Underway

Cpl. Harold "Pie" Keller, right, shakes hands with Sgt. Howard Snyder (KIA), left, as they stand on the rim of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima between the first and second flag raisings on February 23rd, 1945 (Official Army photo, courtesy of Pfc. George Burns, George Burns Collection, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center).

On February 23, 1945, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured one of the most iconic images in U.S. Military history as six Marines hoisted the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

In October 2019, Harold “Pie” Keller of Brooklyn, Iowa, was identified as one of these Marines, 74 years after Rosenthal took the photograph. With his story almost lost to history, Keller’s hometown is now cementing his legacy with a monument funded in part by American firearms manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms and Iowa-based firearms parts and accessories supplier, Brownells, Inc.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3)...

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