The present owner received this photograph in June 1945 from John J. 'Ted' Shea, who was General Production Director of Hearst Newspapers in New York. This print, unlike most early prints of the image extant, typically wire transmissions, is distinguished by the signatures of the three (of six) marines who survived the battle for Iwo Jima--John Bradley, Ira Hayes, and Rene Gagnon. It is also notable for its large size. The accompanying letter from Mr. Shea reads in part as follows:
'Attached is a photograph of what now is regarded as one of the most outstanding pictures of the war--namely the raising of the Stars and Stripes at Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. The Chicago Herald-American on the occasion of "I Am an American Day" interceded with the Navy to have the only three living and remaining members of the six boys you see here pictured come to Chicago to be honored at their American Day celebration. The three boys personally autographed this picture.
'As undoubtedly this event will go down in history as one of the outstanding achievements of World War II and now you have the authentic signatures of the only three survivors, I think it would be well worth framing this picture as its value will increase with the years you have it.'
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