Alan Wood, US veteran who provided flag for Iwo Jima picture, dies aged 90
Wood, who was a 22-year-old navy officer in second world war, credited with finding the flag for the iconic photograph
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Wood, US veteran who provided flag
Wood, a second world war veteran credited with providing the flag in
the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90.
died 18 April of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, his son Steven Wood
said on Saturday.
was a 22-year-old US navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship
on Iwo Jima's shores 23 February 1945 when a marine asked him for the biggest
flag that he could find.
five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island, US forces had managed
to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist an American flag.
happened to have a 37-square-foot flag he had found months before in a Pearl
Harbor navy depot.
Marines and a navy corpsman later raised that flag in a stirring moment captured
by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.
Wood says his father was always humbled by his small role in the historic
a 1945 letter to a marine general who asked for details about the flag, Wood
wrote: "The fact that there were men among us who were able to face a
situation like Iwo where human life is so cheap, is something to make humble
those of us who were so very fortunate not to be called upon to endure such
its story on Wood's death, the Los Angeles Times reported that over the years
others have claimed that they provided the flag, but retired Marine Col Dave
Severance, who commanded the company that took Mount Suribachi, said in an
interview last week that it was Wood.
have a file of more than 60 people who claim to have had something to do with
the flags," he said from his home in La Jolla, California.
went on to work as technical artist and spokesman at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge.
wife, Elizabeth, died in 1985. Besides his son, Wood was survived by three