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  • Louis R. "Lou" Lowery was a retired United States Marine Corps photographer best known for taking the first photographs of the first American flag that was flown on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. The flag was too small to be seen easily from the nearby landing beaches on Iwo Jima, so a second, larger replacement flag with a longer and heavier pipe was planted hours later resulting in the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1945. Lowery was the founder and former president of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association. He also was a photographic director of Leatherneck Magazine, a publication of the Marine Corps. He died on April 15, 1987 at age 70 from aplastic anemia and is buried in Quantico National Cemetery in Prince William County, Virginia. In 2006, Lowery was portrayed by actor David Hornsby in film Flags of Our Fathers.

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