The first flag was raised about 4 hours before the second, more famous, flag-raising.Marine Corps photographer Sergeant Lou Lowery captured this first flag-raising on film just as the enemy hurled a grenade in his direction.
Dodging the grenade, Lowery hurled his body over the edge of the crater and tumbled 50 feet. His camera lens was shattered, but he and his film were safe.
The 1st Flag-Raisers:
1st Lt Harold Schrier, Sgt Ernest Thomas, Sgt Hank Hansen, PFC Louis Charlo, PFC James Michaels, Raymond Jacobs, and Cpl Charles W. Lindberg (the last surviving member of all 12 men. Update: Cpl Lindberg died June 24, 2007)
Both flags are seen in this photo.
The original flag (foreground) is being taken down as the second flag is raised.
The 2nd Flag-raising, photographed by Joe Rosenthal (the famous picture) was carried out by:
Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block
(Strank, Bloch, and Sousley were killed in the continued fighting on Iwo Jima)