Media Press Kit
The following videos, documents and photographs are provided to assist Media outlets in their development of their stories on the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project. Additional Historical and Reference documents, photos and video links provide pertinent information on the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Note that Historical reference will most likely contain information regarding the six originally identified flag-raisers. This has been changed over the past couple years to reflect the two that were misidentified.
Key feature storyline topics for IJMM Project are the Statue will for the first time have the faces of the actual six Marine flag-raisers in the Rosenthal photograph.
The local Racine Marine Corps League Detachment 346 has been doing the Living Memorial Iwo Jima Tribute float since 1946 (74 years) and this month is the 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising.
Research has also found that the very first statue molded by sculptor Felix De Weldon to start the Project was made from Johnson Floor Wax. Racine, Wi is their National HQ. Various elements are detailed on the website via the “About the Monument” drop down menu.
Wire Service Press Release
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IJMM Project Overview
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January 2020 - Page 38
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Images and Photos
Today's TMJ4: Veteran group fundraising to build Iwo Jima monument in Racine
Seventy-five years ago, six Marines raised the American flag at Iwo Jima, and now a group of Racine veterans is trying to build its own memorial of the iconic image.
Historical Video & Reference
Bill Genaust Full flag-raising video reel
This raw, silent footage from Iwo Jima includes some of the most famous motion picture film shot in WWII: the second U.S. flag raising on top of Mount Suribachi. It was filmed by William Homer “Bill” Genaust of Effingham IL (October 12, 1906 – March 4, 1945) a United States Marine Corps combat cameraman. Genaust was later killed in action on Iwo Jima.
Building of the Monument-Naval History Video
Uncommon Valor: Exemplary documentary looks at the inspiration behind the design of the Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon.
Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-23.
Restoration of the Iwo Jima Monument
In the late 1940s private funds helped launch the development and construction of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. After nearly 70 years, it’s just finished it’s first major restoration.
US Marine Corps War Memorial
The making of and the meaning behind the massive monument in Arlington, Va.
Close-ups of the Statue and strong voice-over narrative
Shooting Iwo Jima | World War II Documentary
Documentary on the filming of the Marine Corps famous battle.
Smithsonian Channel Documentary.
Newly Identified Flag-raiser Harold Pie Keller- Daughter Kay Maurer Interview- Martha MacCallum Fox News The story
Interview with Pie Kellers daughter Kay Maurer in 2019 covering her fathers newly identified position as one of the Iwo Jima flag-raisers.