US marine in classic Iwo Jima photo was wrongly identified, historians find

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Military confirms identity of Harold ‘Pie’ Keller, three years after the discovery of another misidentified figure in the image

It’s a case of mistaken identity for a celebrated second world war photograph: six troops raise up an American flag in Iwo Jima, Japan. The photo has been printed in history books, displayed in museums, and even won a Pulitzer Prize. But for over 70 years, one of the figures appears to have been misidentified.

Three historians established that for seven decades, Cpl Harold “Pie” Keller has wrongly been identified as Pfc Rene Gagnon in the 23 February 1945 photo.

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