Collecting autographs of Iwo Jima
Published on November 24th, 2010 | by Admin1
Everywhere he goes, he seeks out servicemen who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. When he finds them, he asks them for a favor — to sign a flag that bears the iconic image of Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi.
Perhaps the most notable signature — what Beele calls the “treasure of this thing” — is the signature of Joe Rosenthal, the Associated Press photographer who took the photo of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the Stars and Stripes.
It reads, “With respect and admiration for the Marines of Iwo Jima — from Joe Rosenthal, AP Photographer 237th, 1945.”
“This thing has taken on a life of its own,” Beele said of the flag. “It’s a wonderful thing. I keep it with me all the time.
“Whenever I go to a Legion hall or a place where veterans are gathered, I take it out.”